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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.

School Board honors Oak Grove Student All-Stars

Posted on: April 24, 2017

On Monday, the School Board honored Student All-Stars from Oak Grove Elementary School for their motivation, perseverance, growth, and school and community service.

Oak Grove students are:

Evan Lathrop

Evan has consistently demonstrated great determination, persistence, humor and integrity in fifth grade. He has worked hard to maintain his “Self-Manager” status this year. That means he has to get his math done to 100 percent each week, which is a challenge, and turn in all assignments on time, as well as show responsibility and integrity throughout the school days. Evan is a champion for issues of injustice. He will be a hero to many through his life. Evan motivates himself to stretch his abilities and be the very best he can be.

Dane Tilley

Dane is the hardest working 5th grader at Oak Grove. He has an outstanding work ethic and continues to push himself every minute of the school day. He has a growth mindset and knows that hard skills will eventually be easy with a positive attitude and lots of hard work. Dane always has a smile on his face and is a great friend to every other student at Oak Grove.

Reminder: Kindergarten orientation is May 2

Posted on: April 17, 2017

Incoming kindergarten students are invited to visit their schools on May 2 during orientation day.

Each of the 12 elementary schools will hold “Get acquainted” sessions to share information about kindergarten for new students and their families.

Check the schedule for the orientation time at each school.

Find your neighborhood school by entering your address on the school site locator.

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Read information about proposed projects at each school

Posted on: April 16, 2017

Enrollment in the District is projected to increase by about 500 students in the next five years. Ballot Measure 22-165 would fund new or renovated classrooms at all grade levels.

A new elementary school is proposed near Timber Ridge, and new classrooms and a major renovation is proposed for Oak Grove Elementary School.

For more information about the proposed Oak Grove project, see the architectural conceptual drawings.

For information about projects proposed for each school in the District, see the school project profiles.

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