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See the latest school bond project designs

Posted on: February 28, 2018

The prep work is nearly done for the major bond-funded construction projects. Planning has included seeking permits, planning for logistics for each site, creating a work timeline and, of course, designing the projects.

Construction work will start as soon as school is out at South Albany High School, West Albany High School, the new elementary school near Timber Ridge, the replacement of Oak Grove Elementary and the middle school vocational/CTE classrooms.

It is an exciting time. We will share more details as the work progresses. Here are design concept videos for each project:

South Albany High School
West Albany High School
New elementary school near Timber Ridge
Oak Grove Elementary School replacement

Questions about the bond? Check out our new Frequently Asked Questions page.

School Board approves plan for Oak Grove relocation

Posted on: February 26, 2018

At its Feb. 26 meeting, the GAPS School Board unanimously approved a plan for the one-year relocation of Oak Grove students during the reconstruction of Oak Grove Elementary School.

The Board approved what was known as Option 1.

 

Kinder 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total Classrooms
Fir Grove 3 Fir Grove 3 Fir Grove 6 of 7
NAES 1 NAES 1 NAES 1 NAES 3 OG 2 NAES 2 OG 2 NAES 3 OG 15 of 16
NAMS 2 NAES 2 OG 4

Project manager David McKay estimated that two modular buildings and a separate modular restroom facility would cost $230,000 for the 14-month period.Before the Board voted, they discussed costs and educational priorities for all options under consideration, including bringing in temporary modular classrooms, which were likely not feasible due to cost and city permit approval timelines and building separate, temporary restrooms either in the school or as separate structures. This, too, was cost prohibitive and faced challenges seeking permits in time for school to start in the fall.

Superintendent Jim Golden said he believes that this plan is the least disruptive plan for students and allows the district to manage costs efficiently. He said the district may face a budget shortfall next year due to anticipated inadequate state funding levels and he couldn’t recommend a plan with unnecessarily high costs.

Parents and staff have had several opportunities to hear about the options under consideration. Two community forums were held and a survey collected input about preferred plans. The survey, according to Assistant Tonja Everest, showed a fairly even split from parents and staff. “Faculty at both schools have indicated that they can work with either option. They are just waiting for direction from the board so they can plan,” she said.

She also said that the parent input included helpful comments from parents about activities and tactics to ease the transition for students.

Before voting, Board members shared that they had spoken extensively to parents and understood their concerns, but they believe this is the best educational option. To ease concerns about fifth-grade students entering North Albany Middle School a year early, they referred to the successful program at Timber Ridge, which has operated since opening as a grades 3-8 school.

“We need to think of North Albany as a complex and think of the students in North Albany as all of our kids — not Oak Grove kids or NAES kids,” said Board Chair Micah Smith.

Director Frank Bricker added that he believes the students will manage the transition well. “Kids are resilient. I believe they will be fine,” he said. “The priority is for a decision that supports the best education for them.”

NAMS students win engineering essay contest

Posted on: February 22, 2018

North Albany Middle School sixth grader Ming Wong (pictured, right) and seventh grader Caroline Gao are winners in the Willamette Valley Section of the Society of Women Engineers Essay contest.

The essay submissions were part of a December homework assignment for science classes taught by Katy Kelly and Mary Hannan. They each wrote an essay on a famous woman scientists or mathematician.

“Mary and I are super proud of these young women and how they are representing Albany and the future of science,” said Kelly.

The students will be honored at a banquet at the end of February.

Read the essays:
Chinese Madame Curie by Ming Wong

Rosalind Franklin by Caroline Gao

Reminder about inclement weather procedures

Posted on: February 20, 2018

Sometimes we have to close school, delay the start of school, or release early because of bad weather. This is the annual reminder of procedures for school closures or schedule changes due to inclement weather.

When the decision has been made to close school or delay the start, we rely on local radio and television stations for notifications. Closure and delayed start information will ordinarily be broadcast by 6:30 a.m. Closure information will also be posted on the District website.

 Our District subscribes to FlashAlert. This service forwards school closure information to local radio and television stations. Staff, parents, or community members can register to receive these notices directlyNotifications will be sent via email. For those of you with tablets or smart phones, you can also receive messages by downloading the FlashAlert Messenger app. This app is available on Google Play or the iTunes app store. There are no costs to the recipients for using the email or app for notifications.

All addresses registered on FlashAlert will remain confidential. You will receive an email message once per year asking if you wish to continue your subscription and to confirm your email address.  Subscribers should be aware that some email spam filters may prevent messages from being received.

Below are some of the radio and television stations that will be notified of school closures: 

FM Radio Stations: AM Radio Stations: Television Stations:
KEHK FM 102.3

KFLY FM 101.5

KKNU FM 93.3

KLOO FM 106.3

KOOL FM 99.1

KRKT FM 99.9

KSND FM 95.1 (Spanish)

KFIR AM 720

KGAL AM 1580

KLOO AM 1340

KSHO AM 920

KWBY AM 940 (Spanish)

 

KATU Chan 2

KEZI Chan 9

KGW Chan 8

KLSR Chan 34

KMTR Chan 16

KOIN Chan 6

KVAL Chan 13

  *The television channel may vary according to listening area.

If you have questions about the procedures summarized above, please contact the school or contact the District Office at 541-967-4501.

Download this letter to parents in English or Spanish.