A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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 […]

GAPS: How much is just right?

Written October 5th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Would voters in the Greater Albany School District vote for a tax increase big enough to cover more than $200 million in school expansions, additions and renovations? Probably not. So district leaders are trying to guess the amount that is less butĀ could possibly win approval in a bond election tentatively planned next May.

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