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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.

Attention EL Parents: Important Meeting for Parents of English Learners

Posted on: February 16, 2018

Dear Parents,

 

To better meet the needs of your child as an identified English learner (EL), we have hired an outside group to complete a District EL Program Review. We are conducting observations in classrooms, surveying teachers and assistants, and would like to get your input as a parent regarding what you think about your child’s education here in GAPS.

 

The Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) research and professional development group will be here on Tuesday, February 20th and would like to meet with as many parents as they can. We have asked QTEL to collect parent feedback so we can improve our systems and instruction for your students. Your voice is important!

 

Parent Meeting Tuesday, February 20th

Facilitated in Spanish

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at AOS School

701 SE 19th Avenue

Right Next to the Welcome Center

Across the Street from Sunrise Elementary

Childcare Provided

 

The meeting will be casual with a few questions asked but mainly the opportunity to hear from you. Our district staff will be there to welcome you and assist the QTEL staff if needed as well as providing childcare for families who need it.

Please share this opportunity with your family, friends, and neighbors who also have children in GAPS that are part of the English Language Development program.

 

Sincerely,

Heather Huzefkam Director of Student Services

David Jazmin,  District Family Liaison


Importante junta para los padres de estudiantes aprendiendo inglés

El martes 20 de febrero

Estimados padres de familia:

Para atender mejor las necesidades de su hijo/a identificado como aprendiz del idioma inglés (EL por sus siglas en inglés), hemos contratado un grupo externo para realizar una revisión del Programa de EL del Distrito. Estamos llevando a cabo observaciones en los salones de clase, encuestas a los maestros y asistentes; y nos gustaría conocer sus opiniones como padres, con respecto a lo que piensan de la educación de su hijo/a aquí en el Distrito de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany (GAPS por sus siglas en inglés).

El grupo que investiga y realiza desarrollo profesional “The Quality Teaching for English Learners –QTEL” (La calidad de la enseñanza para los aprendices del idioma inglés), estará aquí el martes 20 de febrero y les gustaría reunirse con la mayoría de padres que puedan. Le hemos pedido a QTEL recolectar la opinión de los padres, así podremos mejorar nuestros sistemas e instrucción para nuestros estudiantes. ¡Su voz es importante!

Junta para padres el 20 de febrero

Realizado en español

De 6:00 p.m. a 7:30 p.m. en la escuela AOS School

701 SE 19th Avenue

Al lado derecho del Centro de Bienvenida

Cruzando la calle de la escuela primaria Sunrise Elementary

Se proporcionará cuidado de niños

La junta será informal con algunas preguntas, pero principalmente será una oportunidad para escucharle. Nuestro personal del distrito estará allí para darle la bienvenida y ayudar al personal de QTEL, de ser necesario junto con la provisión de cuidado de niños que lo necesitan.

Por favor comparta esta oportunidad con su familia, amigos y vecinos que también tengan niños en GAPS que sean parte del programa del Desarrollo del idioma inglés.

Atentamente,

Sra. Heather Huzefka                                                         Sr. David Jazmin

Directora de Servicios Estudiantiles                                Enlace de Familias del Distrito

Special Joint School Board and City Council meeting, Feb. 12, 2018

Posted on: February 12, 2018

A joint meeting of the Albany City Council and the GAPS School Board is scheduled for tonight. District representatives will update the Council on the District’s strategic planning, bond project developments, school programs and emergency management.

See the agenda

The meeting will be held at Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW. It will begin at 7 p.m.

Free engineering workshop for elementary and middle school students

Posted on: February 9, 2018

Early exposure to hands-on engineering activities can build interest in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

The Pipeline to Jobs project and Linn Benton Community College are sponsoring a hands-on workshop at Heritage Mall on Feb. 24 for elementary and middle school students. The event is free and open to all interested students.

Join us for a day of hands-on activities that give kids the opportunity to learn about how things are built, and engage in fun, creative kid-friendly engineering projects. Kids will enjoy building, learning, and creating something new at each station with our fun and experienced mentors. All supplies provided.

For more information, read the flyer. 

Attention Parents: You are invited to a TAG forum

Posted on: February 7, 2018

GAPS parents are invited to join parents of talented and gifted students in Corvallis for an informational night about the social-emotional needs of TAG students.

The featured speaker is Paula Prober, author, counselor and educator with more than 30 years experience.

The event will take place in the Linus Pauling Middle School Auditorium in Corvallis on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Childcare is available.

“Many staff members and families are eager for more support around TAG students and issues,” said Stacey Torres, District Talented and Gifted Facilitator. “I hope they can attend this event to​​ improve our ability to support our TAG learners.”

Read the flyer
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Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment Task Force to meet on Feb. 7

Posted on: February 4, 2018

The second meeting of the new Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment Task Force is scheduled for Feb. 7 at Albany Options School at 6 p.m.

More than 40 parents, community members and staff attended the first meeting on Jan. 24. Participants had the opportunity to share, in small groups, why they were attending and what outcomes they anticipating.

At the meeting, district staff presented and overview of bullying and had participants break into small groups to analyze various aspects and data relating to bullying that they could share out to the larger group.

See the presentation.

At the end of the evening, the small groups focused on beginning to look at the various roles community stakeholders play in addressing the issue of bullying in our community. A summary of those findings will be presented at the Feb. 7 meeting.

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