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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.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Posted on: June 23, 2017

Curious Kids Science Club is hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
on August 21st 2017 from 9:00-10:30 AM at North Albany Elementary.
To celebrate this rare, natural event, Curious Kids Science Club is presenting this FREE get together for NAE families and their friends. The viewing party will be set up on the east side of the school on the running track field and will include fun crafts and games as well as learning resources for the total solar eclipse occurring that morning.

Kilee Sowa selected for North Albany Elementary School post

Posted on: June 16, 2017

A new principal has been selected for the position at North Albany Elementary School. Kilee Sowa, formerly a dean of students at Memorial Middle School, will replace Tracy Day.

The following is the announcement by Superintendent Jim Golden:

I am happy to announce that we have selected one of our own for the position of principal of North Albany Elementary School. Kilee Sowa has been serving as the Dean of Students at Memorial Middle School for the last five years. where she facilitated the Behavior team, PBIS and coordinated AVID.

Those who work closely with Kilee describe her as a natural leader who makes strong connections with staff, students and parents. They see her as organized, positive and a model of adult learning.

Kilee has spent the last year working closely with elementary principals and she has shown that she is ready to move into a leadership position in her own building. Please welcome Kilee to our elementary principal ranks.

Changes announced for 2017-18 school day schedules

Posted on: June 12, 2017

Adjustments have been made to the bell schedules at all schools. The changes will be in place when school starts in the fall.

The changes will reduce differences in start and stop times among same-level schools. Elementary schools will be in two bell schedule groups rather than nine different schedules, and they will gain 20 minutes of instructional time per day. Middle schools will all start and stop at the same time.

Research has shown that students benefit from more sleep, but the natural sleep and wake cycles are later for older students and earlier for younger students. Adjusting the schedule will allow older students to start a little later in the day.

The changes are also expected to make the district transportation system more efficient.

Bell schedule for all schools

Parent letter


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