Shop and technology classes at Albany middle schools will get an extra boost in materials and supplies as part of upgrades planned through a voter-approved bond measure. 

The political action committee that formed to encourage voters to pass the $159 million construction and renovation bond measure had $6,091 left after the campaign.

The Yes for Albany Schools PAC donated the money to the Albany Public Schools Foundation, which took its 10 percent administration fee and will split the remaining balance of $5,481.90 between the vocational-technical projects planned at the district's four middle schools: Calapooia, North Albany, Memorial and Timber Ridge.

The Yes for Albany Schools PAC designated the funds to be used for middle school vocational technical education, said Aimee Addison, executive director of the Albany Public Schools Foundation.

"Jon Dilbone, who serves as the GAPS district technology coordinator, will submit a supply request to the Albany Public Schools Foundation as we get closer to a completion date for these new spaces. The thought was that when these spaces are complete, they will need equipment and supplies for hands-on vocational engagement for the students."

The district anticipates the vocational spaces will be built and ready for students by fall 2018.

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