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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.

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.

Letter from Principal John Hunter Regarding Ballot Measure 22-165

Posted on: April 3, 2017

Dear AOS Family and Friends,

On May 16th, 2017, you will be asked to vote on a bond measure for Greater Albany Public Schools. I want to share some information about Ballot Measure 22-165.

Greater Albany Public Schools serves more than 9,500 students, making it the 13th largest district in the state. Almost all of the schools are currently enrolled at capacity levels, and projects show steady enrollment growth in the next five years.

We have aging schools that need important facility improvements to protect the community’s investment in schools. Most of our facilities were built between 1948 and 1971, and they are showing their age. Most need regular repairs and maintenance, and the aging plumbing and HVAC systems are inefficient compared to modern systems.

The plan includes the first phase of a process to rebuild West Albany High School, one of the District’s oldest buildings. Architects estimate that rebuilding the school will be less expensive than renovating it, and the new plan will better meet educational needs.

This bond will fund construction of new classrooms to relieve overcrowding and improve instructional opportunities for students. It will fund new vocational.technical programs at both the middle and high school levels.

The main goal for this bond measure:

  • Protect the community’s investment in its existing school buildings by completing critical repairs;
  • Save energy costs and improve the safety and security of students;
  • Expand vocational and technical educational opportunities at middle and high schools;
  • Address growing enrollment and relieve current overcrowding by constructing additional classrooms and a cafeteria at Oak Grove Elementary School and a new elementary school in NE Albany;
  • Rebuild classrooms/commons/auditorium at West Albany High School as the first phase of the rebuild of the aging building.

You will hear more about the bond between now and the election in May. I invite you to contact me any time if you have questions. We also have a bond information website: http://albany.k12.or.us/district/bondinfo.

Sincerely,

John Hunter, Principal

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.

 

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