Albany School district creates anti-bullying task force

Bullying is on the rise in schools, and some school officials have had enough.

Posted: Jan. 22, 2018 5:26 PM

ALBANY, Ore., -- The Greater Albany Public Schools has been working to curb bullying and they are actively taking measures to stop it. 

The school district created an anti-bullying task force after they received parent complaints. The goal of the task force is to identify problem areas in the school and work toward a solution. 

The task force is holding a community forum on Jan. 24, at  6 p.m. at the Albany Options School. 

The principal of South Shore Elementary School, Craig Sproles, said bullying is on the rise but the district has been taking measures to put a stop to it. Already, the district has been implementing a new curriculum, and the elementary school has been focused on re-emphasizing positive character traits. 

Sproles said he wants students to feel safe when they come to school. 

"The reason why I am a principal, the reason why I am called to education, is because I believe we can create schools where all kids can thrive, where all kids feel connected," Sproles said. "I think this task force is sort of a formal way to make sure that's happening in every school in Albany."

He said the task force is holding a community forum on Jan. 24, at 6pm at the Albany Options School. The forum will be a place where community members can come together to voice any concerns they may have about bullying in schools, and help school officials find a way to solve them. Sproles said the forum is important because he wants to work together to find a solution with input from the community.

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