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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 Elementary School gets new classrooms for growing enrollment

Posted on: July 10, 2017

Last year, the School Board approved new modular classrooms at Lafayette Elementary School to ease the increasing enrollment. The structure is similar to the one installed at Periwinkle last summer.

The classrooms will be ready for students in September. This work was approved prior to the passage of the May 2017 construction bond, which will add classrooms at schools around the district. The project is funded out of district operating funds.

The building will have six classrooms, restrooms and a common area. Eight of the 16 building sections have arrived at the campus and the remaining eight will come in groups of four by Monday. On Tuesday, a crane will begin placing the classroom sections.

Workers are placing the beams that will be part of the foundation. Each vertical piece rests on a poured concrete pad.

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.

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