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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.

School is out for summer!

Posted on: June 15, 2018

Happy summer vacation! School is out for summer break and will resume again in September. The District Office will be open all summer with Monday through Thursday summer hours in July. School offices will close in July and reopen in mid-August.

Find resources to help prepare for the 2018-19 school year in the School Resources section of the website.

See you in September!

Parade of Graduates brings seniors back to elementary and middle schools

Posted on: June 6, 2018

On Tuesday, June 6, Greater Albany graduates from South Albany and West Albany high schools trekked back to schools where they go their educational start. Students walked or rode buses to elementary and middle schools throughout the district.

The 3rd annual event is inspirational to the younger students and allows the graduates to see how far they have come.

Many thanks to parents and staff who shared photos of the event. And congratulations and best wishes to all seniors!

Calapooia Middle School

Central Elementary School

Clover Ridge Elementary School

Lafayette Elementary School

Liberty Elementary School

Memorial Middle School

North Albany Elementary School

North Albany Middle School

Oak Grove Elementary School

Sunrise Elementary School

Takena Elementary School

Tangent Elementary School

Timber Ridge School

Benton County Sheriff’s sergeant brings patrol boat to Oak Grove

Posted on: June 3, 2018

Sergeant Bottorff of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office visited the students of Oak Grove Elementary School on June 1 and let them climb aboard a marine patrol boat. Students had the opportunity to learn about water safety.

All students toured the boat and spoke to Sergeant Bottorff. Pictured are students from the fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms.

Sergeant Bottorff standing in front of a marine patrol boat.Students in the marine patrol boat.Students in the marine patrol boat. Students in the marine patrol boat. Students in the marine patrol boat. Students with Benton County Junior Deputy badges.

Groundbreaking ceremony is official start of Oak Grove construction

Posted on: June 1, 2018

Construction on the new Oak Grove Elementary School will start as soon as school ends. To kick off the project, the school held an official groundbreaking ceremony at the school on June 1.

The event was the second groundbreaking for new construction funded by the 2017 bond measure. The groundbreaking at the new Meadow Ridge Elementary School was April 25.

As with Meadow Ridge, the event was an opportunity to thank voters for approving the bond and to acknowledge the many people who are on the project team or part of the design and approval process. It was also a chance for students to participate at the earliest stages of the new school construction process. The Oak Grove choir sang The Star Spangled Banner, and selected students helped with a ceremonial shovel of dirt.

Superintendent Tonja Everest acknowledged the following dignitaries:

Chair of Benton County Supervisors: Xanthippe Augerot
Board Members: Chair Smith, Vice Chair Ward, Director Butzner
HMKCo: David McKay, Program Director;  Steve Earle, Project Manager
gLAs Architects: Jesse Grant, Architect; Trace Ward, Architect; Robin He, Architectural Designer
Gerding Builders: Tom Gerding, President; Ryan McAlister, Pre-Construction Manager; Jorge Juarez-Hernandez, Project Manager;  Michelle Goodrick, Marketing Manager

Watch the Facebook video from this morning’s event.

Oak Grove Choir Students at the Oak Grove groundbreaking ceremony. Speaker at the Oak Grove groundbreaking ceremony. Oak Grove Choir Students shoveling dirt. Students waiting to shovel dirt. Students waiting to shovel dirt. Students waiting to shovel dirt. Men carrying shovels.

Congratulations, Retirees! Thank you for your service!

Posted on: June 1, 2018

The annual retiree celebration at the district office recognized the contributions of 33 GAPS teachers, classified staff and administrators who are leaving the District after serving Greater Albany students for a combined total of 478 years.

Family members and friends joined retirees at the reception. Human Resources Director Randy Lary introduced the following retirees:

Paula Guerrero, Kindergarten Teacher, South Shore: 3 years

Galen Sinkey, Bus Driver, Transportation: 5 years

Michelle Coon, Bus Attendant, Transportation, 9 years

Kathryn Grant, Grade 4 Teacher, Central: 11 years

Virginia Hammond, Special Education Assistant, Clover Ridge: 11 years

Chava Neuhaus, Industrial Arts Teacher, South Albany: 11 years

Isela Avery, Bilingual Assistant, Lafayette: 12 years

Robbe Hood, Trip Bus Driver, Transportation: 12 years

Sharon McKinney, Grade 1 Teacher, Liberty: 12 years

Rebecca Robinson, Social Studies Teacher, Calapooia: 12 years

Leonardo Gonzalez, Custodian, Periwinkle: 13 years

Joanne Miller, Food Service Assistant, Oak: 13 years

Carlene Vey, Secretary I, Special Programs: 13 years

Karen Perry, Grade 1 Teacher, Liberty: 14 years

Margaret Coburn, Science Teacher, Memorial, 15 years

James Haggart, Executive Assistant, District Office: 15 years

Vicky Hughes, Special Education Assistant, Waverly: 17 years

Julie Buchert, Music Teacher, Memorial: 19 years

Peter Claycomb, Behavior Intervention Teacher, Calapooia, 19 years

Cynthia Miller, Grade 3 Teacher, Lafayette: 19 years

Pamela Dodson, Clerical Specialist II, South Albany: 20 years

Janece Vanderburg, Grade 1 Teacher, South Shore: 22 years

MaryLou Boydston, Special Education Assistant, Albany Options: 23 years

Roberta Ingram, Special Education Assistant, Waverly: 23 years

Terri Bridenbeck, Registrar, West Albany: 24 years

Marlene Susnik, Grade 3 Teacher, Liberty: 26 years

Tim Mills, P.E. Teacher, North Albany Middle: 27 years

Jill Clark, Library Assistant, Waverly: 30 years

Cindy Mills, Clerical Special II, Memorial: 30 years

Chris VanCauteren, Social Studies Teacher, South Albany: 31 years

Brent Belveal, Principal, South Albany: 34 years

Jana Swearingen, Social Studies Teacher, Memorial: 36 years

Connie Whipple-Mills, Social Studies Teacher, Memorial: 36 years

 

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