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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.

2019 Best School Districts in Oregon

Posted on: December 5, 2018

A company called Niche researches U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods, and companies. They recently released their school district rankings. The 2019 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. Greater Albany Public Schools ranked #8 in the state of Oregon with an Overall Niche Grade of B+.

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/12/04/these-are-oregons-top-30-school-districts-for-2019.html#g/446765/24

GAPS Co-Sponsoring Bullying Prevention Presentation

Posted on: October 8, 2018

Linn Together, a countywide network of volunteers with the mission to strengthen local prevention networks, has partnered with several local organizations, including GAPS, to present “Bullying Prevention in School and Cyber Settings”.   Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying. Join national bullying expert Dr. Michael Sulkowski, PhD, University of Arizona, for an interactive presentation on bullying prevention in both school and cyber settings.

The presentation will take place on October 17, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at Boulder Falls Center in Lebanon.  The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited.  Please register by October 10.  For additional information and registration, please see https://www.linncountyhealth.org/adg/page/topic-month or contact Julie Greene of Linn County Health Services at 541-967-3819.

 

Congratulations, Retirees! Thank you for your service!

Posted on: June 1, 2018

The annual retiree celebration at the district office recognized the contributions of 33 GAPS teachers, classified staff and administrators who are leaving the District after serving Greater Albany students for a combined total of 478 years.

Family members and friends joined retirees at the reception. Human Resources Director Randy Lary introduced the following retirees:

Paula Guerrero, Kindergarten Teacher, South Shore: 3 years

Galen Sinkey, Bus Driver, Transportation: 5 years

Michelle Coon, Bus Attendant, Transportation, 9 years

Kathryn Grant, Grade 4 Teacher, Central: 11 years

Virginia Hammond, Special Education Assistant, Clover Ridge: 11 years

Chava Neuhaus, Industrial Arts Teacher, South Albany: 11 years

Isela Avery, Bilingual Assistant, Lafayette: 12 years

Robbe Hood, Trip Bus Driver, Transportation: 12 years

Sharon McKinney, Grade 1 Teacher, Liberty: 12 years

Rebecca Robinson, Social Studies Teacher, Calapooia: 12 years

Leonardo Gonzalez, Custodian, Periwinkle: 13 years

Joanne Miller, Food Service Assistant, Oak: 13 years

Carlene Vey, Secretary I, Special Programs: 13 years

Karen Perry, Grade 1 Teacher, Liberty: 14 years

Margaret Coburn, Science Teacher, Memorial, 15 years

James Haggart, Executive Assistant, District Office: 15 years

Vicky Hughes, Special Education Assistant, Waverly: 17 years

Julie Buchert, Music Teacher, Memorial: 19 years

Peter Claycomb, Behavior Intervention Teacher, Calapooia, 19 years

Cynthia Miller, Grade 3 Teacher, Lafayette: 19 years

Pamela Dodson, Clerical Specialist II, South Albany: 20 years

Janece Vanderburg, Grade 1 Teacher, South Shore: 22 years

MaryLou Boydston, Special Education Assistant, Albany Options: 23 years

Roberta Ingram, Special Education Assistant, Waverly: 23 years

Terri Bridenbeck, Registrar, West Albany: 24 years

Marlene Susnik, Grade 3 Teacher, Liberty: 26 years

Tim Mills, P.E. Teacher, North Albany Middle: 27 years

Jill Clark, Library Assistant, Waverly: 30 years

Cindy Mills, Clerical Special II, Memorial: 30 years

Chris VanCauteren, Social Studies Teacher, South Albany: 31 years

Brent Belveal, Principal, South Albany: 34 years

Jana Swearingen, Social Studies Teacher, Memorial: 36 years

Connie Whipple-Mills, Social Studies Teacher, Memorial: 36 years

 

Spelling winners will compete at state contest in September

Posted on: May 30, 2018

This month, some of the best spellers in the district moved up the ranks to earn a chance to compete at the statewide level. After the district and county competitions, two students from GAPS earned the chance to compete at the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship in Salem on Sept 1.

The winners are Paige Rogers from Memorial Middle School and Kate Looney from West Albany High School.

Both students won the district spelling competition for their grade levels. Read the press release from Linn County Spelling Coordinator Kaynor Heineck.

Congratulations to the other GAPS students who competed. The following students had top two finishes:

Elementary:

1st Place: Gabriella  Kesinger, 4th grade, Timber Ridge
2nd Place: Logan Falotico, 5th grade, Liberty Elementary

Middle School:

1st Place: Paige Rogers, 8th grade, Memorial Middle School
2nd Place: Caroline Gao, 7th grade, North Albany Middle School

High School:

1st Place: Kate Looney, 12th grade, West Albany High School
2nd Place: Jonah Willard, 11th grade, West Albany High School

Elementary School spelling winners.Middle School spelling winners.High School spelling winners.


Los ganadores de ortografía competirán en el concurso a nivel estatal en el mes de septiembre.

Este mes, algunos de los mejores deletreadores en el distrito subieron de categoría para tener la oportunidad de competir a nivel estatal. Después de las competencias del distrito y del condado, dos estudiantes de GAPS obtuvieron la oportunidad de competir en el Campeonato de Deletreo Estatal de Oregon, en Salem el 1° de septiembre.

Las ganadoras son Paige Rogers de la secundaria Memorial Middle School y Kate Looney de la preparatoria West Albany High School.

Ambas estudiantes ganaron la competencia de deletreo del distrito, para sus respectivos niveles de grado. Lea el comunicado de prensa de la Coordinadora de Ortografía del condado de Linn, Sra. Kaynor Heineck.

Felicitaciones a los otros estudiantes de GAPS que compitieron. Los siguientes estudiantes obtuvieron los dos mejores lugares:

Primaria:
1er puesto: Gabriella Kesinger, 4to grado, Timber Ridge
2do puesto: Logan Falotico, 5to grado, Liberty Elementary

Secundaria:
1er puesto: Paige Rogers, 8vo grado, Memorial Middle School
2do puesto: Caroline Gao, 7mo grado, North Albany Middle School

Preparatoria:
1er puesto: Kate Looney, 12vo grado, West Albany High School
2do puesto: Jonah Willard, 11vo grado, West Albany High School

Lisa Harlan selected for GAPS assistant superintendent position

Posted on: May 25, 2018

Greater Albany Public Schools recently selected Albany resident Lisa Harlan for the assistant superintendent position. The post is currently held by Tonja Everest, who will assume superintendent duties at the Linn Benton Lincoln ESD on July 1.

Harlan was offered the position after an extensive application process. Her official appointment is pending School Board approval at its June 4 meeting.

“A very rigorous hiring process revealed that Lisa is all about kids,” said Everest. “The committee was impressed with her passion, practical decision-making and authentic communication style. They also appreciated her deep knowledge in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and behavior,” she said.

Harlan is currently the Director of Elementary Education for Salem-Keizer Public Schools. She brings bilingual skills and extensive experience in educational leadership. She has taught high school and middle school Spanish at Corvallis High School and Western View Middle School. She has served as a middle school assistant principal at Linus Pauling Middle School, a middle school principal at Cheldelin Middle School and an elementary principal at Lincoln Elementary Dual Language School in Corvallis. She has also been a Director of School Improvement for the Oregon Department of Education.

Harlan earned her B.A. in Education from Western Oregon University, her M.Ed. From University of Oregon, and her administrative licensure from Portland State University.

Harlan is an Albany resident with children in GAPS schools. Upon accepting the offer for the position, she said, “I am so glad to serve a district that has served my family so well.”


La Sra. Lisa Harlan fue seleccionada para la posición de Asistente Superintendente del Distrito de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany

Las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany, recientemente seleccionó a la residente deAlbany Sra. Lisa Harlan, para la posición de Asistente Superintendente. El cargo actualmente lo ocupa la Sra. Tonja Everest, quien asumirá sus obligaciones como superintendente de Linn Benton Lincoln ESD el 1° de julio. A la Sra. Harlan se le ofreció el puesto después de un extenso proceso de contratación. Su nombramiento oficial está pendiente de la aprobación de la Mesa Directiva en su junta del 4 de junio.

Un proceso de contratación muy riguroso reveló que Lisa se enfoca en los niños", dijo la Sra. Everest. "El comité quedó impresionado con su pasión, su toma de decisions práctica y su auténtico estilo de comunicación. También apreciaron su profundo conocimiento en las áreas de planes de estudio, instrucción y comportamiento", dijo. La Sra. Harlan es actualmente la Directora de Educación Primaria de las Escuelas Públicas del Distrito Salem-Keizer. Ella aporta habilidades bilingües y una amplia experiencia en liderazgo educativo. Ella ha enseñado español en la preparatoria y secundaria en la preparatoria Corvallis High School y escuela secundaria Western View Middle School. Ella se ha desempeñado como subdirectora de la secundaria en la escuela secundaria Linus Pauling Middle School, directora de la escuela secundaria Cheldelin Middle School y como directora de la escuela primaria de idioma dual Lincoln Elementary School en Corvallis. Ella también ha sido Directora de Mejoramiento Escolar para el Departamento de Educación de Oregon.

La Sra. Harlan obtuvo su grado de bachiller (B.A) en el área de la Educación en la universidad “Western Oregon University”, su grado de master en Educación en la  universidad “University of Oregon”, y su licenciatura administrativa en la Universidad “Portland State University”.

La Sra. Harlan reside en Albany con niños en las escuelas de GAPS. Al aceptar la oferta para el puesto, ella dijo: "Estoy muy contenta de servir a un distrito que ha servido tan bien a mi familia.”