News from the Albany School District

Press release


The School Board, at its January 11 meeting, identified additional projects to enhance student and staff safety. The projects, to be completed with residual bond money, include parent drop off and school bus loops at Lafayette and Oak Elementary School, repavement of the play area at Liberty Elementary, and replacement of the bells and intercom system at Fir Grove Elementary School. Construction of the projects is projected to be completed during the coming summer.


The School Board, at its January 11 meeting, appointed the members of the district calendar committee. Participants, including certified and classified employees, administrators and parents, will make recommendations concerning the academic calendars for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. The Board asked that the committee develop an option that would provide for teacher collaboration time across the district, possibly through late start/early release in all schools.


Albany elementary school teams excelled in the First LEGO League Robotics tournament held December 12 in Corvallis. Central Elementary School's all - girls team, "The LEGO Masters," won first place for Technical Programming/Robot Design. The school's first-year team comprised of both boys and girls, "The LEGO Geniuses," earned the Top Rookie Team award. Both are led by 2009 Oregon Technology Teacher of the Year Mark Gullickson. The South Shore Elementary School team, "Batteries Not Included" led by teachers Joel Sauter and Kathy Young, earned the Teamwork award.


Human Resources Director Randy Lary participated in the LBCC Youth Job Fair on Tuesday, December 15. Students from many Linn County schools came to LBCC to learn about job-hunting skills. Mr. Lary participated in the mock interview portion of this workshop.

He interviewed students from West Albany, South Albany and Lebanon High Schools. The process included a resume, an application and a letter of interest. Mr. Lary reports that most of the students he interviewed were bright, enthusiastic and extremely well-prepared. Mr. Lary stated that he would have loved to hire many of them. Congratulations to teachers, counselors and administrators at our high schools for providing this opportunity for our seniors.