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Pipeline Project brings volunteers to district for parent mailing

Posted on: November 13, 2017

Preparing a mailing to parents is a work-intensive project. To help get an upcoming mailing to parents ready to send, the District sought help from some expert volunteers through RSVP, Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Linn County.

Regular volunteers Elaine Yearsley (also known as the Volunteer Queen), Geri Egli, Linda Creager and Virginia Erickson showed up this morning to stuff and label envelopes for a letter to middle and high school parents about the Pipeline to Jobs program, which partners with the district to help students learn about local industries and opportunities to learn skills for jobs.

The volunteers said they enjoy the opportunity to work with different organizations and share their time and skills. Geri Egli, who retired after a 33-year teaching career in Iowa, said she likes staying busy and giving back. Virginia Erickson said it is a good opportunity to meet others and get out of the house.

Elaine Yearsley said she volunteers year-round in the community at the Senior Center, Chamber of Commerce, county healthy department and school district whenever they call. She’s also a regular volunteer at River Rhythms and the Art and Air Festival. And she has donated volunteer services to the Red Cross for 45 years.

Volunteers stuffing envelopes

Elaine Yearsley, pictured with staff member Jodee Forrest

Volunteers stuffing envelopes

Geri Egli (front), Elaine Yearsley

Volunteers stuffing envelopes

Linda Creager (left) and Virginia Erickson

GAPS band students march in annual Veterans Day parade

Posted on: November 12, 2017

On Veterans Day, the crowds came out for the annual Veterans Day parade despite cold and rainy weather.

GAPS was well represented with school marching bands. Students had a chance to honor veterans with musical tributes.

“All the bands of Greater Albany Public Schools are proud to march and to honor our veterans,” said North Albany Middle School Band Director Andy Nelson. “We value the veterans’ service and hope our gift of music is appreciated.”

The following bands performed during the parade: North Albany, Memorial, Timber Ridge, and Calapooia middle schools, and West and South Albany high schools.


Read more about the parade on the Democrat-Herald website.

See a parade photo gallery on the Statesman-Journal website. 

Calapooia Middle School students thank veterans for their service

Posted on: November 11, 2017

Last week, students in Mrs. DeYoung’s class presented a giant heart-shaped thank you card made up of notes of appreciation for veterans. Students in all grades in her drama, Sources of Strength, and choir classes contributed messages to the giant card.

Students presented it to Dave Solomon of American Legion Post 10 in an all-school assembly. Solomon will bring it back to the American Legion post where it will be on display

Read about Oak Elementary School’s community service projects

Posted on: November 8, 2017

Oak Elementary School has an all-school community service program on Friday afternoons. The new program is funded by an Albany Public Schools Foundation grant. Students are allowed to choose an activity for the last half hour of every Friday.

“Students were able to choose their activity at the beginning of the session. We will run three sessions this year,” said Principal Kelly Bussard. “We have STEM (science, technology, engineering and math activities, cooking, sewing, theatre, choir, art and several others. The students really seem to enjoy it.”

Read more about the new Oak program in the Democrat-Herald.




Oak Grove replacement plan approved by School Board and Bond Oversight Committee

Posted on: November 6, 2017

The School Board and the Bond Oversight Committee met tonight in a joint meeting to discuss the plans for Oak Grove Elementary School. After substantial discussion, the group voted to replace and reconstruct the building rather than add classrooms to the existing structure.

The plan for Oak Grove in the bond proposal was to add classrooms and a new cafeteria to accommodate increasing student enrollment in the school’s high-growth neighborhoods. The priority throughout the bond planning process was to address the most pressing needs while balancing the costs to taxpayers.

As the architects began to design the building, it became clear that tearing down the 70-year-old structure and constructing a new building would cost only slightly more than renovating the old structure. New construction would ensure that the building met modern educational standards, was seismically safe and energy efficient.

Estimates for a new building are $167,883 more than the previous plan. Thanks to a favorable bond market, the bond premium will cover the higher costs and allow construction of a larger school.

The new school will have a 500-student enrollment capacity. It will meet seismic codes and allow for better student supervision.

Several teachers from Oak Grove were at the meeting to express their support for the new construction plan. Fifth-grade teacher Beth Riley said, “I think starting fresh is a wonderful idea.” She said she supports the new design, which would allow additional expansion if needed for growth. “Having a plan for expansion if needed in the future on land we already own is smart.”

The new schools is scheduled to break ground and begin construction as soon as school is out. It will open for the fall 2019 school year. Students will be relocated to other school sites for the 2018-19 school year during construction.

District leaders are reviewing options for Oak Grove students and will announce the plan in February.

For more information about the construction plan for Oak Grove, see the cost analysis and comparison.  

Architectural Designs:
New Construction
Existing Building

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