A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Maple Lawn replay: Preschool to close

Written February 27th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Maple Lawn, the city-owned house and grounds on Salem Avenue, has been home to a preschool for a long time, but not much longer. The Albany school district has paid for the operation since 2021 but will stop doing so when this school year ends.

Unlocking the grounds when school is out

Written August 14th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

It’s been a long tradition in Albany schools that the grounds be open to the public when classes are not in session, like during the summer. Lately at least two school yards were locked down tight instead, but now the district says they’ll be open again.

Central School upgrade: The estimate soars

Written October 31st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The fate of Albany’s historic Central School appears unsettled once again now that the school board has received new estimates of what it would cost to make improvements.

Any plans for Fir Grove school? Let’s see

Written June 2nd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Last week a reader wondered if I knew whether “Fir Grove school is planning to reopen?” I didn’t, but I do now, and the short answer is that while it’s already in use, it’s not going to reopen as an elementary or primary school.

Board goes for upgrades at Central School

Written May 17th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The historic Central School building in Albany will get upgrades in three major areas of concern, the board of directors of Greater Albany Public Schools has decided.

Loss of public access: Blame the vandals

Written February 20th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

More often than I’d like, stories on this website start with a photo of my bike leaning against a fence or a locked gate.  Here’s one more.

Watch and listen to finalists for GAPS super

Written January 25th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Albany schools are giving the public a video look at the two finalists for the job of superintendent. You can find both videos on the website of Greater Albany Public Schools here.

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