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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.

New administrators will join GAPS team

Posted on: July 3, 2017

Superintendent Jim Golden has announced the following changes to the GAPS administrative team”

North Albany Middle School Principal Jon Dilbone has been hired as the District’s new Data and Technology Coordinator. Jon has worked at NAMS for the past four years both as Assistant Principal and as Principal. Jon previously worked at South Albany High School as a science teacher, along with other assignments.

District leadership is pleased to announce the selection of Marshall Jackson as the next Principal of North Albany Middle School. Marshall interviewed for the Assistant Principal position at NAMS, but it was clear that he was a high quality candidate for the Principal position. He has served as the Principal of Sisters Middle School for the past four years. Prior to that, he held administrative positions in the Bend-LaPine School District at Bend High School, Sky View Middle School, and High Desert Middle School. He received both his BS and MS degrees from Southern Oregon University, and received his administrative certification through Lewis and Clark College.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce the selection of Kathie Bergsma-Glenn as the Assistant Principal at North Albany Middle School. Kathie comes to us from the International Christian School in Hong Kong, where she has worked as a teacher and technology coach for the past fourteen years. Her previous experience includes middle school teaching in the Gresham-Barlow School District and elementary teaching experience in the Moorpark Unified School District in Moorpark, California. She received her BS from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, her MA from State University New York in Buffalo, and her administrative certification through the University of San Francisco.

We look forward to Marshall and Kathie bringing their experience, knowledge and passion for students to the GAPS administrative team and the North Albany community.

Kilee Sowa selected for North Albany Elementary School post

Posted on: June 16, 2017

A new principal has been selected for the position at North Albany Elementary School. Kilee Sowa, formerly a dean of students at Memorial Middle School, will replace Tracy Day.

The following is the announcement by Superintendent Jim Golden:

I am happy to announce that we have selected one of our own for the position of principal of North Albany Elementary School. Kilee Sowa has been serving as the Dean of Students at Memorial Middle School for the last five years. where she facilitated the Behavior team, PBIS and coordinated AVID.

Those who work closely with Kilee describe her as a natural leader who makes strong connections with staff, students and parents. They see her as organized, positive and a model of adult learning.

Kilee has spent the last year working closely with elementary principals and she has shown that she is ready to move into a leadership position in her own building. Please welcome Kilee to our elementary principal ranks.

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