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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.

Archeological Dig

Posted on: March 24, 2017

During the first two full weeks of March the Curious Kids Science Club team engaged students in an Archaeological Dig at NAES. Team member, Misty Wietzel, is a forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology professor at Western Oregon University and has been so incredible to help the group create individual class opportunities to teach students about how researchers work at dig sites and analyze what they see. The students then put this information to work on a “real” dig which took place in the school raised garden beds. They were able to use real archaeological tools and fun artifacts like pottery and skeleton bones for them to uncover. Our students had a fabulous experience. Thank you CKSC volunteers!

Students compete for cooking honors in future chef event

Posted on: March 22, 2017

More than 100 elementary school kids submitted recipes in the annual Sodexo Food Service Future Chef competition. Eight finalists were chosen. The winner of the competition was Nora Brandon of North Albany Elementary School. She called her creation “Fruit Sushi Frushi.”

Sodexo provided all the raw food ingredients as well as the kitchen stations and cooking utensils. Each child was accompanied by a food service employee who ensured that cutting was done safely, the proper sanitary measures were maintained and, if applicable, foods were cooked to the proper temperatures.

The following students were among the finalists.

Alyson Thompson of North Albany Elementary was one of the eight finalists in the Sodexo Food Service Future Chef competition. Her creation was entitled “Greek Turkey Sliders.” The orange glove on her left hand in photo three is a cutting safety glove.

Timber Ridge School’s Miranda Scovil’s creation was entitled “Breakfast Cookies.”

Niccole McGinnis of Oak Elementary school prepared “Granola Oate Bars.”

Lafayette Elementary student McKenna Smith prepared “HMM Healthy McKenna Muffins.”

North Albany Elementary student Reagan Williams made “Sun Butter Truffles.”

Central Elementary School student Grace Foultner’s creation was entitled “Pizza Pasta.”

Periwinkle Elementary student Brienna Tierce made “Stuffed Peppers.”

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