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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.

AOS Holds First School-Wide Day of Service

Posted on: March 24, 2017

On Thursday, March 23rd, Albany Options School had its first AOS Day of Service. All of the students in the Innovative High School (IHS) Program participated in one of four
projects out in the community including planting native trees at LBCC, building a garden at South Shore Elementary School, and volunteering at Safe Haven Humane Society and Albany Carousel and Museum.

This event was inspired by AOS because has always been committed to providing the students with as many hands-on, Service Learning, and community involvement opportunities as possible. In addition, AOS is always being flooded with support from the local Albany community. The school wanted to demonstrate their appreciation to the community by giving back for a day.

This was a huge effort and took the involvement of many behind the scenes, including donors and partners. A special thanks to Ocean Blue Project, Parr Lumber, Pro Bark, McDonald’s, Republic Services, South Shore Elementary School, Linn-Benton Community College, Safe Haven Humane Society, and the Albany Carousel and Museum.


AOS Wins iRun Participation Contest

Posted on: March 24, 2017

This year the Albany Public Schools Foundation put on their 15th iRun for Kids race.

This is a fundraiser for the Albany Public Schools Foundation, and each year they have over 650 participants. The run is a fun event with sponsors handing out goodies, massage therapists to ease post-race pain, and even pizza and chocolate milk to consume after the exertion of the run.
Each year the Foundation awards a $500 scholarship to the school that has the highest percentage of participants.

This year Mrs. Mitchell and Ms. Fitzpatrick thought it would be wonderful if AOS tried to win that $500. Through coordination, AOS ended up 47 participants! This is the first time AOS has participated in the event.

As runners were lining up to begin the race, the scholarship winner was announced as Albany Options School. This year the donor of the $500 is Dr. Brown. The check was presented to AOS the morning of March 24th on behalf of Dr. Brown and the Albany Public Schools Foundation.


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