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School Board approves bond proposal for May election

Posted on: January 23, 2017

The School Board unanimously voted to send a $159 million bond measure to voters in the May 16, 2017, election.

The measure would:

  • Make upgrades and improvements, including replacing roofs, siding, windows, plumbing, electrical systems in schools around the District.
  • Make energy improvements, including replacing old, inefficient high maintenance heating/ventilation systems, doors, which would save energy costs.
  • Make safety/security upgrades, including automatic door locks, fire alarms, security cameras to improve the safety of students.
  • Make seismic upgrades to enable buildings to better withstand earthquakes.
  • Renovate and/or add classroom space to support vocational/technical classes for all district middle school buildings.
  • Renovate and add classrooms and a cafeteria at Oak Grove Elementary School; purchase property and construct a new elementary school in NE Albany to address growing enrollment and reduce overcrowding.
  • Complete the first phase of West Albany High School’s rebuild that would include new classrooms, commons, auditorium, cafeteria and administrative space; and multipurpose space for vocational/technical education and gymnasium uses at South Albany High School.

The bond proposal is the result of a more than two-year process to identify facility needs in the District. The projects were reviewed by architects and recommended by a community-based District Facilities Advisory Committee (DFAC) that was made up of community members, parents and staff members.

DFAC initially identified more than $250 million in facility needs. This proposal represents the School Board’s priority to balance the most critical needs and the cost to taxpayers. This bond proposal is expected to increase taxes by an estimated $.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value because the 2006 bond is expiring.

For more information, read the resolution and explanatory statement. 

Find more information on the bond information page.

GAPS Co-Sponsoring Bullying Prevention Presentation

Posted on: October 8, 2018

Linn Together, a countywide network of volunteers with the mission to strengthen local prevention networks, has partnered with several local organizations, including GAPS, to present “Bullying Prevention in School and Cyber Settings”.   Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying. Join national bullying expert Dr. Michael Sulkowski, PhD, University of Arizona, for an interactive presentation on bullying prevention in both school and cyber settings.

The presentation will take place on October 17, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at Boulder Falls Center in Lebanon.  The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited.  Please register by October 10.  For additional information and registration, please see https://www.linncountyhealth.org/adg/page/topic-month or contact Julie Greene of Linn County Health Services at 541-967-3819.

 

Attention teachers: Apply for a fall APSF grant

Posted on: June 26, 2018

The annual Albany Public Schools Foundation grant application window is open. Teachers can apply for a classroom grant for the 2018-19 school year.

Applications are due on Oct. 15 and are available online at https://goo.gl/forms/vGGDEtEFcUVeKo2h1

Priority is given to requests in the areas of art, music, STEM, and health and wellness. Teachers who received a grant from the foundation during the previous year must submit an evaluation before being considered for a new grant.

Last year, the foundation awarded $37,683 in classroom grants for programs, projects and materials. Grants are funded by the three Albany Public School Foundation events: iSwim for Kids, iCelebrate Kids Benefit Gala and the iRun for Kids race.

For more information, visit the APSF website or contact Executive Director Aimee Addison, 541-979-2773 or aimee@albanypsf.org.

School is out for summer!

Posted on: June 15, 2018

Happy summer vacation! School is out for summer break and will resume again in September. The District Office will be open all summer with Monday through Thursday summer hours in July. School offices will close in July and reopen in mid-August.

Find resources to help prepare for the 2018-19 school year in the School Resources section of the website.

See you in September!


¡La escuela está cerrada por el verano!

¡Felices vacaciones de verano! La escuela está cerrada por las vacaciones de verano y
se reanudará de nuevo en septiembre. La oficina del distrito estará abierta todo el
verano con horario de verano en el mes de julio de lunes a jueves. Las oficinas de las
escuelas cerraran en julio y volverán abrir a mediados de agosto.

Encuentre los recursos que le ayudaran a prepararse para el año escolar 2018-19 en la
sección deRecursos escolares del lugar en el internet.

Congratulations, Retirees! Thank you for your service!

Posted on: June 1, 2018

The annual retiree celebration at the district office recognized the contributions of 33 GAPS teachers, classified staff and administrators who are leaving the District after serving Greater Albany students for a combined total of 478 years.

Family members and friends joined retirees at the reception. Human Resources Director Randy Lary introduced the following retirees:

Paula Guerrero, Kindergarten Teacher, South Shore: 3 years

Galen Sinkey, Bus Driver, Transportation: 5 years

Michelle Coon, Bus Attendant, Transportation, 9 years

Kathryn Grant, Grade 4 Teacher, Central: 11 years

Virginia Hammond, Special Education Assistant, Clover Ridge: 11 years

Chava Neuhaus, Industrial Arts Teacher, South Albany: 11 years

Isela Avery, Bilingual Assistant, Lafayette: 12 years

Robbe Hood, Trip Bus Driver, Transportation: 12 years

Sharon McKinney, Grade 1 Teacher, Liberty: 12 years

Rebecca Robinson, Social Studies Teacher, Calapooia: 12 years

Leonardo Gonzalez, Custodian, Periwinkle: 13 years

Joanne Miller, Food Service Assistant, Oak: 13 years

Carlene Vey, Secretary I, Special Programs: 13 years

Karen Perry, Grade 1 Teacher, Liberty: 14 years

Margaret Coburn, Science Teacher, Memorial, 15 years

James Haggart, Executive Assistant, District Office: 15 years

Vicky Hughes, Special Education Assistant, Waverly: 17 years

Julie Buchert, Music Teacher, Memorial: 19 years

Peter Claycomb, Behavior Intervention Teacher, Calapooia, 19 years

Cynthia Miller, Grade 3 Teacher, Lafayette: 19 years

Pamela Dodson, Clerical Specialist II, South Albany: 20 years

Janece Vanderburg, Grade 1 Teacher, South Shore: 22 years

MaryLou Boydston, Special Education Assistant, Albany Options: 23 years

Roberta Ingram, Special Education Assistant, Waverly: 23 years

Terri Bridenbeck, Registrar, West Albany: 24 years

Marlene Susnik, Grade 3 Teacher, Liberty: 26 years

Tim Mills, P.E. Teacher, North Albany Middle: 27 years

Jill Clark, Library Assistant, Waverly: 30 years

Cindy Mills, Clerical Special II, Memorial: 30 years

Chris VanCauteren, Social Studies Teacher, South Albany: 31 years

Brent Belveal, Principal, South Albany: 34 years

Jana Swearingen, Social Studies Teacher, Memorial: 36 years

Connie Whipple-Mills, Social Studies Teacher, Memorial: 36 years