Albany teachers are back at school preparing for the new school year

Albany School District (SBG)

ALBANY, Ore. – The school year has already started for teachers in the Greater Albany Public School District.

For the past week, teachers of all grades and subjects have been doing professional development training in preparation for classes to start on September 5, the Tuesday after Labor Day.

On Thursday, all of the brand new teachers will attend a new-teacher academy.

On Friday, they'll attend an orientation.

Hiring Teachers in Albany

The Albany school district is a growing school district.

They've hired over 50 new teachers this year.

“We're hiring some specialists, some physical education teachers, music teachers at the elementary school, as well as instructional coaches and a few other things, in addition to regular classroom staff,” said Randy Lary, Human Resources Director for the Albany School District.

Lary said the district is able to thrive thanks to the growing community.

He said they add about 75 new students every year.

He also contributes a growing staff to the school district and board being conservative with budgeting.

Thanks to a bond measure passed in the spring, the Albany school district is currently working on building a new elementary school, and upgrading and renovating current facilities.

Lary said the district will be working on those projects for the next five to seven years.

This past summer, the district built a new classroom structure for Lafayette Elementary School in Albany.

The building has six classrooms, two restrooms and a commons area that can be used for large group instruction or other purposes.

The building was assembled with 18 modules constructed off site and assembled at the school campus. The total cost was $2.3 million.

Last minute touches are being completed and the building will be ready for teachers to move into next week.

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