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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 Anti-Bullying Task Force yields recommendations

Posted on: April 8, 2018

Last month, the district’s new Anti-Bullying Task Force presented recommendations to the School Board.

The task force, which is comprised of GAPS staff, parents, and community partners, has had two community forums. At the first forum, a definition of bullying was presented, along with various statistics and facts related to bullying and its effects on students. The group also began to look at the scope of bullying in our community, both at the school level and in the community at large.

At the second forum, the Task Force formulated concrete suggestions for the school Board to consider to address the problem.

The forums yielded recommendations for improvements to school climate that included curriculum and behavioral supports to improve school climate; new rules and policies to prevent bullying and education about policies and consequences; staff training in bullying prevention; and programs to improve coordinated prevention efforts.

Anti-Bullying Task Force Recommendations to the Board

Read the story in the Democrat-Herald

Attention students: Submit art for character education poster contest

Posted on: April 2, 2018

The annual Character Education poster contest is accepting art submissions from students in grades K-12 through April 20. Original art can be no larger than 8.5″ x 11″ in any medium and must address at least one of the following character traits: personal responsibility, honesty and integrity, self-discipline, courage, social responsibility, kindness, respect, justice.

Students can submit artwork to a staff member at their school. All submissions will be displayed at the main branch of the Albany Public Library. Winners will a frame for their art and a poster of all winning art.

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AOS and Timber Ridge earn top honors for iRun participation

Posted on: March 19, 2018

The annual fun run to support the Albany Public Schools Foundation was last weekend and schools competed to turn out the most participants. Congratulations for Albany Options and Timber Ridge for bringing the most runners!

The following thank you is from APSF Executive Director Aimee Addison:

Thank you for helping make this the best iRun for Kids ever! We had 737 registrations and 671 runners. Last year we were at 626.

The winners for the 2018 iRun for Kids school contest are:

  • 1st place with 55% participation: AOS – $500 cash prize
  • 2nd place with 28% participation: Timber Ridge – Dutch Bros. party
  • The 3rd place runner up was Memorial MS at 15% / 86 participants.

A huge thank you to all of the schools that participated! We really appreciate all of your hard work in promoting iRun for Kids and supporting the Albany Public Schools Foundation. The proceeds from this benefit the Foundation and our programs including classroom grants for teachers, elementary and middle school enrichment, Sources of Strength and scholarships for graduating seniors.

 

Timber Ridge School iRun participants.

Apply to serve on the Budget Committee

Posted on: March 12, 2018

A vacancy has opened on the GAPS Budget Committee. Applications for this volunteer position are now being accepted to complete the three-year term, ending on June 30, 2019.

Applications are due by March 23.


Budget Committee Vacancy Timeline

March 12:  Vacancy during new business agenda. Vacancy declared.

March 13:  Vacancy is publicly announced. Applications are available online.

March 23:  Applications due to the District Office.

April 2:  Completed applications are emailed to Board members.

April 9:  Board work session to interview applicants, 5 p.m.

April 9: Regular Board meeting. Board members select new Budget Committee member, 7 p.m.

April 16:  Budget Committee meeting. New committee member participates.

If you have questions, please email Jim Haggart.

 

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