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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.

Message from Superintendent Jim Golden about Oak Grove plans

Posted on: January 19, 2018

Parents and Community Members,

1. The School Board on Monday will be considering plans to forward to the community for feedback on the proposed options to support the Oak Grove Elementary School tear down/reconstruction.

2. If the board approves the options for public consideration, people will have at least three opportunities for feedback. These opportunities will occur via:

  • a public meeting at NAMS on Monday, February 5, at 7 p.m.
  • a survey, open to the public on January 23 to February 11.
  • in the regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, February 26.

We sincerely appreciate your thoughtful feedback on this important matter.

— Superintendent Jim Golden

January is School Board Recognition Month. Thank you, School Board!

Posted on: January 9, 2018

Last night, Superintendent Golden thanked the School Board members for their service to GAPS students. He read the official Governor’s Proclamation and showed a video of students thanking the School Board for their service.

The Proclamation reads as follows:

WHEREAS: Oregonians rely on public education to ensure a prosperous quality of life and strong economic health for Oregon; and

WHEREAS: Locally elected boards fulfill leadership roles and serve as the conduit through which teachers, parents, businesses and conununities demonstrate the care, creativity and support that lead to student achievement; and
WHEREAS: Public schools nurture and train diverse student populations to the best of their ability, whatever the resources, to give students the knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to succeed; and

WHEREAS: Board members build the framework that makes it possible for education organizations to teach Oregon’s children; and

WHEREAS: The committed men and women who serve on the boards of Oregon’s 197 school districts, 19 education service districts and 17 community colleges deserve recognition and thanks for their dedication to the education needs of the people of Oregon.

NOW, THEREFORE: I, Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon, hereby proclaim January 2018 to be


See the official signed proclamation. 

Anti-bullying Task Force to hold two community forums, develop call to action

Posted on: January 5, 2018

A new Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment Task Force will meet in two community forums at the end of January and beginning of February to develop a plan to reduce behaviors that negatively impact our community and our schools.

The goal is to generate a community-based “call to action” in response to our common concerns related to these issues. The task force leaders include South Shore Principal Kraig Sproles, Calapooia Middle School Principal Gina Ayers, Albany Options Principal John Hunter, and District Human Resources Administrator Rich Sipe.

The purpose of the forums will be twofold.  First, we will work together to formulate an understanding of the scope and nature of bullying and harassment in our community, and second, we will develop a community “Call to Action” in response. This plan will be presented to the school Board for their review and consideration in March.

The community is invited to attend the two community forums.

  • The first forum will be on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at Albany Options School, 701 SE 19th Avenue (across the street from Sunrise Elementary School).
  • The second forum will be on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at Albany Options School.

Each meeting is expected to last about 90 minutes.

Several community partners will be represented at the forums, including the Albany Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Mental Health, the City of Albany, FACT, Albany Boys and Girls Club, CAP, local faith community, and the YMCA.

Important Meeting–February 11

Posted on: January 5, 2018

Please Plan to Attend


Thursday, Jan. 11, 6:00 p.m. 

Where:  OG Gym


Tonja Everest, GAPS Assistant Superintendent

discussion regarding upcoming changes due to

Oak Grove School Construction during the

2018-2019 school year

 (PTC Meeting to follow at 7:00)

Oak Grove LEGO Team News!

Posted on: January 4, 2018

Both Oak Grove LEGO Teams had a very nice, long  day on 12/10/17 LEGO at the Regional Championship tournament held in Corvallis. There were 14 teams competing from throughout the mid-Willamette Valley and Eugene area.

The boys’ team finished the day with the second highest robot performance score on the table. This was fantastic! The girls’ team finished with the third highest performance score on the table, respectively.

The girls’ team ended the day with top tournament scores in team work (CORE Values), research project, and robot programming. As a result, they received one of two tournament Champions Awards and will now advance on to the Oregon state robotics championships tournament held in Hillsboro.

Overall, it was a great day for both teams. They were able to spend time learning and sharing ideas with other teams, cheering-on other teams; the girls team was asked to come up on stage during the awards ceremony and play their ukuleles and sing “taco” songs for the audience. A great big thank you goes out to Mrs. Gossett for helping with the ukuleles.

The girls’ team was recently contacted by the international FIRST LEGO Robotics organization, informing them that they have been selected as one of 20 teams, world-wide, to be honored for CORE Values (team work) and research projects; this year, there were approximately 35,000 FIRST LEGO Robotics teams in consideration.

Congratulations to all!   Thanks you to the Coaches Matt Gelhaus & Raylene Babbit for the boys’ team, (Team T.B.D.), and Mike Williams, Raylene Babbitt, and Mr. Gullickson for the girls’ team (The Fin-tastic Fish.). 


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