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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.

ELD at Clover Ridge

Posted on: December 6, 2018

Our English Language Learners have been participating in fun activities during their class time!

1st grade English Language Learners worked with a partner to read a book and record information about their animal. They will share what they have learned with other students in the class.

Second grade English Language Development students created story posters with a partner. After sharing their posters with the group they did individual writing, retelling their story in the format of letter writing.

Students working on their story posters

Students share what they’ve learned

Sharing information about animals

Working together on an animal project

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

2018 Albany Veterans Day Parade

Posted on: November 14, 2018

For the fourth year in a row students, staff and family members from both Clover Ridge and Timber Ridge joined forces to participate in the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, honoring those who have served.

Riding the float is open to any student or staff member from both schools, and they are encouraged to involve family, especially those who are veterans.  The Ridges entry includes a truck pulling a flat bed for riders, and several participants walking behind the float as well.

Students and staff alike look forward to the event each year, and we are grateful to be able as a community to support and honor our veterans!

Clover Ridge Teachers Honored

Posted on: November 13, 2018

On Thursday November 8th, two of Clover Ridge’s finest were honored as Linn County Farm Bureau Educators of the year at the bureau’s monthly meeting.  Sandy McMinds and Maggie Phillips were both selected as award recipients, based on their involvement in education and agriculture, marrying the two to provide learning opportunities for all Clover Ridge students.

Mrs. McMinds and Mrs. Phillips work as a team to help children understand that agriculture is critical and integral to everyday life.  In the past six years, they have organized our Clover Ridge Science Days with a deliberate focus on local agriculture, inviting a variety of guests to help teach the students about everything from sheep shearing, logging, bee keeping and making butter.

In addition to Outdoor School, Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. McMinds maintain and promote the Outdoor Learning Lab.  This is an area at our school where children can learn about native plants and habitats. They organize clean up days, and review proposals from local organizations to add content to the area.

We are so grateful that these two fabulous teachers are part of our Clover Ridge family, and have been recognized for all the good work they do in educating children.

Congratulations!!