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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.

2017-2018 School Registration Dates

Posted on: July 19, 2017

RETURNING AOS STUDENTS:

Registration for returning AOS students will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 15th: 7:00 am-11:00 am, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 16th: 10:00 am-1:00 pm, 3:00 pm-6:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 17th: 10:00 am -1:00 pm, 3:00 pm-6:30 pm

NEW AOS STUDENTS:

Registration for new AOS students will be by appointment only. You will receive a phone call to schedule your appointment; these will occur the week of August 21st-25th.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS:

Please plan to attend registration with your student. If your student is over the age of 18 they may register on their own. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you have made other arrangements for your student’s educational opportunities.

AOS Introduces Summer Mini Sessions

Posted on: June 20, 2017

Albany Options School introduced a mini term at the end of the school year, providing all students the opportunity to earn an additional .25 credits before the end of the year.

Seniors took their finals and were gone by the end of the day June 9th, leaving one week of classes before the end of the year. However, since half of the student population at AOS is made up of seniors, the teachers chose to give finals to all of the students at the same time as the seniors and try something new that final week.

For the final week of school students signed up for one of four classes being offered all day for the whole week. The classes were team-taught by our teachers. The classes included an Albany History social studies class, a Robotics Engineering science class, a Poetry English Language Arts class, and an Outdoor Hiking physical education class.

The week was rich with field trips and fun and engaging activities. Students hiked Silver Falls State Park, toured local museums, built robots, and wrote poetry.

Data shows that student attendance was higher during the mini sessions than the school has ever experienced the final week of school before, and 37 students earned credits from the week!

AOS Staff Changes for 2017-2018 School Year

Posted on: June 20, 2017

Albany Options School will be experiencing some staff changes for the 2017-2018 school year.

After many years of serving the district, Kevin DeCoster, the school counselor, is retiring. AOS has been very fortunate to have Mr. DeCoster as the counselor and he will be greatly missed, but we wish him all the best in his retirement.

Anna Harryman has been teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies at AOS, and will take over as the school counselor and will continue teaching the Family and Consumer Sciences classes. Mrs. Harryman is completing her Master’s in School Counseling at Northwest Christian University in Eugene.

AOS is very excited to announce that Lindsey Roundy has been hired as the new English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. This past year Mrs. Roundy spent a trimester at AOS as the long-term substitute for Mrs. Harryman while she was on maternity leave. She spent the rest of the year as the primary substitute in the building. Mrs. Roundy earned her Social Studies Master in Education degree from the University of Georgia and her Bachelors in Social Sciences Education from Florida State University. She has been working at Oregon State University as a student mentor and BEST staff member.

Wendy Marks has accepted a position with the school district as the College Readiness Coordinator. Mrs. Marks spent six years at AOS and will be greatly missed. We are excited to continue working with her in her new capacity as she works with our students attending Linn-Benton Community College.

Deanna Kozak officially retired last year, but stayed on part-time this year to help with the transition of the Choices program. Ms. Kozak has been the longest serving educator in alternative education in our district and has made a huge impact on the lives of countless youth in our community. We wish her all the best in retirement. AOS will not be the same without her. 

We would like to welcome Mona Soot to the AOS family as a Special Education Assistant (SEA). Mrs. Soot earned her Master’s in Theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and her Bachelor’s in Biology from Occidental College. In addition, she has taught parenting classes in our community and is the mother to two students at West Albany High School as well as five West Albany alumni.

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