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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Our schools, an anchor of support

Written March 15th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Oregon schools had no choice but to close. But now they are proving themselves to be the essential community resources they are. And this is especially true of the Greater Albany Public Schools.

Maple Lawn to continue as a preschool

Written February 22nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Albany Parks and Recreation Director Kim Lyddane has good news for all those parents who pleaded with the city council last spring not to close the Maple Lawn Preschool: Subject to council and school board approval, the place will stay open and Greater Albany Public Schools will cover the expense.

Whom we should thank for new schools

Written September 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Nice thought, that banner outside the new Oak Grove School in North Albany, but are they thanking the right people?

Big high school additions: Keeping track

Written July 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Two things I noticed right away about the planned addition to West Albany High School: The tennis courts will have to move, and there’s no perimeter fence like the one planned at South. Greater Albany Public Schools has submitted plans for the West addition to the Albany Planning Division, and the city mailed notices to […]

Chauffeurs wait for school to end

Written February 24th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Of all the issues our schools face, traffic jams at day’s end may be among the least important. Still, what does it say about our way of life when so many children need to be chauffeured home from school?

High school cell towers get city OK

Written March 8th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Verizon Wireless customers in the neighborhoods around South and West Albany high schools can look forward to improved cell phone service now that the city planning staff has approved plans for new towers.

Cell antennas planned at high schools

Written January 8th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Verizon wireless company has been negotiating for the right to replace two light poles at the athletic fields of South and West Albany high schools with slightly taller masts that would hold cell phone antennas in addition to the lights. No objections have been filed at West, but three residents near South submitted comments […]

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