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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.

Lafayette students win airplane ride for best research projects

Posted on: June 14, 2017

An end-of-year fifth-grade aviation research project at Lafayette Elementary School gives students an incentive to work extra hard. Each year, two students with the best presentations win a flight in a small aircraft.

This year, the winners were Julia Gonzalez, who wrote about Boeing 777, and Kiersten Bell, who wrote about Amelia Earhart.

Two runners up did not go on the flight, but they did join the group for a post-flight lunch at Red Robin. They were Alayna Peterson Estes, who wrote about the SR 71 Blackbird, and Makenna Smith, who wrote about the B17 Flying Fortress.

The class is taught by Staci Larson. Research topics can be anything related to flight, and the lesson includes a field trip to the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville.

The flight was piloted by local pilot Robert Lind.

SAHS Senior Walk inspires students at elementary and middle schools

Posted on: June 13, 2017

The traditional South Albany High School Senior Walk was today. The annual event is part of the graduation rehearsal schedule. Students were bused to their lower-grade schools before finishing graduation ceremony preparations at the Linn County Expo Center.

Today, students visited Lafayette, Sunrise, South Shore, Timber Ridge, Periwinkle and Oak elementary schools and Calapooia Middle School.

The official graduation ceremony was tonight.

 

 

Changes announced for 2017-18 school day schedules

Posted on: June 12, 2017

Adjustments have been made to the bell schedules at all schools. The changes will be in place when school starts in the fall.

The changes will reduce differences in start and stop times among same-level schools. Elementary schools will be in two bell schedule groups rather than nine different schedules, and they will gain 20 minutes of instructional time per day. Middle schools will all start and stop at the same time.

Research has shown that students benefit from more sleep, but the natural sleep and wake cycles are later for older students and earlier for younger students. Adjusting the schedule will allow older students to start a little later in the day.

The changes are also expected to make the district transportation system more efficient.

Bell schedule for all schools

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