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The latest news ...

Re-Imagining Albany High School

School tours during October

The City School District of Albany will hold public tours of Albany High School on four dates in October, allowing members of the community to learn more about the upcoming vote to renovate and rebuild the school.


The tours will be held: 


  Saturday, Oct. 10 -- 9:30-11:30 a.m.

•  Tuesday, Oct. 13 -- 6-8 p.m.

•  Monday, Oct. 19 -- 6-8 p.m.

•  Monday, Oct. 26 -- 6-8 p.m.


On each date, tour groups will leave every 15 minutes for the first hour. Each tour lasts about an hour.


Please visit our Re-Imagining Albany High School section for more information about the proposal that voters will consider Nov. 3.


New state grant extends

district pre-K to 3-year-olds

The City School District of Albany is expanding prekindergarten to offer opportunities for 3-year-old students thanks to a new state program that Gov. Cuomo announced earlier this year.


The district, already a regional leader in full-day prekindergarten with more than 700 seats for 4-year-olds, will add 269 seats for 3-year-olds beginning in November.


"I know if we do better by our youngest learners, they wll have better outcomes as their learning continues," said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. Please visit our District News section to read more.


Early dismissal for all students Oct. 9

for annual emergency preparedness drill

 All City School District of Albany schools will dismiss 15 minutes early Friday, Oct. 9 to participate in the annual Go Home Early emergency preparedness drill. Please visit our District News section for information to assist with your planning for after-school programs that day.


Record turnout for third Falcon 5K

More than 600 runners and walkers of all ages enjoyed a gorgeous fall morning Sunday to participate in the Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk in Washington Park. It was a record turnout for the third annual event!


Brendan Bequette, a 2014 Albany High grad, was the overall winner for the second time in three years. So was his sister, Albany High junior Eileen Bequette, in the women's division. Click here to see team and individual results from the Albany Booster Club. Please visit our Facebook page to check out photos from the day.


Parent workshops begin Oct. 6

The City School District of Albany Department of Special Education Services will hold the first of four parent workshops this school year at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the media center at Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, located at 75 Watervliet Ave.


The topic will be "Understanding autism spectrum disorders: the basics." The workshop will provide an overview of autism spectrum disorder and how it may affect children in their school, home and community environments, and provide tips and tools for bringing out the best in people with autism spectrum disorder. (MORE)


Dads support their kids' education

More than 1,000 fathers and father figures turned out Tuesday at district elementary and middle schools for "Dads Take Your Child to School Day."


The day is part of a national initiative to get fathers and father figures more involved in their children's education Schools marked the day with breakfasts, presentations, photos and other activities.


Community swimming at Myers

Community swimming is back in session for the 2015-16 school year at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.


The Myers pool is open for swimming each Monday and Wednesday night while school is in session. Swimming will not be offered on Mondays or Wednesdays when school is closed. This is a free activity. (MORE)


School taxes going down

Albany homeowners will see their 2015-16 school tax bills go down.


The City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a 2015-16 tax warrant that will result in a 1.54 percent decrease in taxes – about $49 – on an Albany home assessed at $150,000.


Homeowners that take part in STAR and Enhanced STAR will fare even better, saving $62 (a 2.45 percent decrease) and $74 (a 3.90 percent decrease) for homes assessed at $150,000. (MORE)


Voters to fill board vacancies Nov. 3

The City School District of Albany Board of Education will let voters decide who will fill its two vacancies.
The five current board members have decided unanimously not to appoint candidates to fill the open seats in advance of the Nov. 3 election. (MORE)


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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings) 

10/2 First-quarter interim marking period ends
10/6 Eagle Point Fall Literacy Celebration, 5:30 p.m.
10/6 Montessori Magnet School English-Language Arts Night, 6:30 p.m.
10/7 Exceptional Student Reception, Academy Park, 7 p.m.
10/8 North Albany Academy Bedtime Stories Family Night, 5 p.m.
10/10 Re-Imagining Albany High School Public Tour, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Details)
10/12 Columbus Day
No school
10/13 Re-Imagining Albany High School Public Tour, 6-8 p.m. (Details)
10/15 Board of Education meeting, Arbor Hill Elementary School,
7 p.m.
10/19 Re-Imagining Albany High School Public Tour, 6-8 p.m. (Details)
10/20 School Board Candidates Forum, First Unitarian Universalist Society, 405 Washington Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
10/26 Re-Imagining Albany High School Public Tour, 6-8 p.m. (Details)
10/29 Board of Education meeting, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 7 p.m.