Our students and staff have been filling the school lobbies with food and essentials to be donated to FISH of Albany on Friday, Nov. 17. There is still time to participate.
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After passing the bond measure to construct new schools and additions and make renovations, the design process has been in full swing.
District staff, the School Board and community members on the Bond Oversight Committee, have participated in a series of planning sessions to discuss timelines, site plans and designs.
The following is an update of progress to date. Find more information on the bond information section on the website.
New Elementary School by Timber Ridge
Design continues for the new elementary school. Groundbreaking will begin this summer. The building will open in Fall 2019. The school is being bid as both a 500-student school and a 600-student school; the School Board hopes to be able to build the school with the larger capacity (the drawings below depict the 600-student school). This school will be immediately north of Timber Ridge School.
Oak Grove Elementary School
The Oak Grove bond project began as a modernization of the existing building with a 44,000 Square Foot addition. The gym and most of the building would have been salvaged while the remaining part of the building would have been torn down and rebuilt. After further study, it was determined that the existing gym was not large enough and/or not properly located to serve as either a gym or a cafeteria in the remolded school layout. A new cafeteria was part of the addition. In addition, the estimated costs for expanding the existing gym was prohibitive.
With the additional bond dollars that resulted from the bond sale, a revised layout was designed that retained less of the existing building and added a new gym and cafeteria. During the cost estimating phase the estimators asked why we were trying to maintain the existing building as they believed it would not cost anything more to tear it down and start from scratch.
Further work concluded that for an additional cost of about $160,000, a brand new school could be constructed. There are many reasons that this plan is more efficient: longer building life expectancy, a school on a single grade (no ramps needed in the school), a more compact design that shortens distances around the school, cheaper to maintain, and an improved parking and vehicle circulation plan.
On Nov. 6, 2017, the School Board formally opted for the new school construction option. This school will be bid as both a 400-student school and a 500-student school. The school board hopes to be able to build the school with the larger capacity. The drawings below depict the 500-student size. This decision will require that the approximately 280 students who would have attended Oak Grove next year will need to be rehoused for one school year. That plan is being devised and is expected to be announced in January.
Here is a conceptual plan of how the new school will be laid out on the site.
South Albany High School
Work will begin this summer at South Albany High School, including new instructional space in the existing gymnasium building (Building 10). The projects include adding CTE classrooms. Directly adjacent to the west will be a new building housing an additional CTE classroom and a large multi-purpose space that can be used for both physical education and CTE lessons.
An added benefit of this project is the ability to significantly improve the inadequate lobby and restroom situation of the current main gymnasium. The space will be shared by the two buildings.
There is also planned a major overall and renovation of Building 4, transforming it into modern CTE space for students. This space will include a new maker lab, a new fabrication lab, new computer lad, renovated metals lab, and a covered courtyard for construction projects. Lastly there will be some improvements to the interior of Building 8 to make the space more functional for performing arts.
These drawing are subject to change.
Middle School Career Technical Education Improvements
Big changes are in store at our middle schools and their CTE space. Work will commence as soon as school ends with ribbon cutting planned for late August at all our middle schools (except that NAMS may be delayed one year depending on the outcome of where to house next year’s Oak grove students). New maker labs, new fabrication labs, improved wood shops, and improved culinary art spaces are all examples of the work on tap. As an aside, the locker rooms at the three older schools will also be receiving long overdue rehabilitation.
West Albany High School
The single largest project in the bond is phase one of an eventual new West Albany High School. Because of the magnitude of this project, the design is not as far along as the other school projects. The team has to decide what will be built now and how phase one will work within the eventual complete campus.
The first phase will include new CTE spaces for maker spaces, video production, digital audio, health occupations, and art studios, choir, band, and drama classrooms, an auditorium, cafeteria, administration, commons, and potentially a multi-purpose space used by physical education and CTE programs.
Decisions involved with this project include going two or three stories on the academic wing as well as the orientation of the new high school’s “front door.” This is a conceptual design of how that might look:
The School Board and the Bond Oversight Committee met tonight in a joint meeting to discuss the plans for Oak Grove Elementary School. After substantial discussion, the group voted to replace and reconstruct the building rather than add classrooms to the existing structure.
The plan for Oak Grove in the bond proposal was to add classrooms and a new cafeteria to accommodate increasing student enrollment in the school’s high-growth neighborhoods. The priority throughout the bond planning process was to address the most pressing needs while balancing the costs to taxpayers.
As the architects began to design the building, it became clear that tearing down the 70-year-old structure and constructing a new building would cost only slightly more than renovating the old structure. New construction would ensure that the building met modern educational standards, was seismically safe and energy efficient.
Estimates for a new building are $167,883 more than the previous plan. Thanks to a favorable bond market, the bond premium will cover the higher costs and allow construction of a larger school.
The new school will have a 500-student enrollment capacity. It will meet seismic codes and allow for better student supervision.
Several teachers from Oak Grove were at the meeting to express their support for the new construction plan. Fifth-grade teacher Beth Riley said, “I think starting fresh is a wonderful idea.” She said she supports the new design, which would allow additional expansion if needed for growth. “Having a plan for expansion if needed in the future on land we already own is smart.”
The new schools is scheduled to break ground and begin construction as soon as school is out. It will open for the fall 2019 school year. Students will be relocated to other school sites for the 2018-19 school year during construction.
District leaders are reviewing options for Oak Grove students and will announce the plan in February.
Sometimes we have to close school, delay the start of school, or release early because of bad weather. This is the annual reminder of procedures for school closures or schedule changes due to inclement weather.
When the decision has been made to close school or delay the start, we rely on local radio and television stations for notifications. Closure and delayed start information will ordinarily be broadcast by 6:30 a.m. Closure information will also be posted on the District website.
Our District subscribes to FlashAlert. This service forwards school closure information to local radio and television stations. Staff, parents, or community members can register to receive these notices directly. Notifications will be sent via email. For those of you with tablets or smart phones, you can also receive messages by downloading the FlashAlert Messenger app. This app is available on Google Play or the iTunes app store. There are no costs to the recipients for using the email or app for notifications.
All addresses registered on FlashAlert will remain confidential. You will receive an email message once per year asking if you wish to continue your subscription and to confirm your email address. Subscribers should be aware that some email spam filters may prevent messages from being received.
Below are some of the radio and television stations that will be notified of school closures:
|FM Radio Stations:||AM Radio Stations:||Television Stations:|
|KEHK FM 102.3
KFLY FM 101.5
KKNU FM 93.3
KLOO FM 106.3
KOOL FM 99.1
KRKT FM 99.9
KSND FM 95.1 (Spanish)
|KFIR AM 720
KGAL AM 1580
KLOO AM 1340
KSHO AM 920
KWBY AM 940 (Spanish)
|KATU Chan 2
KEZI Chan 9
KGW Chan 8
KLSR Chan 34
KMTR Chan 16
KOIN Chan 6
KVAL Chan 13
|*The television channel may vary according to listening area.|
If you have questions about the procedures summarized above, please contact the school or contact the District Office at 541-967-4501.
Radon testing is scheduled to start this week and will be conducted at all schools by the end of January.
Radon tests in schools are required by the state to ensure that air quality is safe for students. Radon is a gas found in soil caused by natural deposits of uranium. It is more common in some geographic areas, but it can be found anywhere. If it is present and moves through the soil into a building, it can disperse into the air and release damaging particles that can lead to lung cancer after prolonged exposure.
The following is the anticipated schedule for this round of testing:
|School||Approximate Test Dates|
|Timber Ridge School||November 6 – 10, 2017|
|Clover Ridge Elementary||November 6 – 10, 2017|
|South Shore Elementary||November 6 – 10, 2017|
|Waverly Elementary School||November 6 – 10, 2017|
|North Albany Elementary||November 13 – 17, 2017|
|North Albany Middle School||November 13 – 17, 2017|
|Fir Grove Elementary||November 13 – 17, 2017|
|Oak Grove Elementary||November 13 – 17, 2017|
|Fairmount||November 13 – 17, 2017|
|Memorial Middle School||November 27 – December 1, 2017|
|Liberty Elementary School||November 27 – December 1, 2017|
|Takena Elementary School||November 27 – December 1, 2017|
|Oak Elementary School||November 27 – December 1, 2017|
|Central Elementary School||December 4 – 8, 2017|
|Calapooia Middle School||December 4 – 8, 2017|
|Periwinkle Elementary School||December 4 – 8, 2017|
|Tangent Elementary School||December 4 – 8, 2017|
|Albany Options School||December 11 – 15, 2017|
|Sunrise Elementary School||December 11 – 15, 2017|
|Lafayette Elementary School||December 11 – 15, 2017|
|South Albany High School||January 8 – 12, 2018|
|West Albany High School||January 22 – 26, 2018|