future of Albany High School is in voters’
more than a decade of discussion about how new facilities would best
serve students for generations to come, including more than two years of planning
for the current proposal, the City School District of Albany Board of
Education voted unanimously last winter on a proposal to rebuild and
enlarge the 41-year-old school and campus.
vote will be Nov. 3, in conjunction with the general election.
The project would cost $196 million, a $3.5 million
reduction from the original proposal the board approved in February. The
board voted Sept. 3 to reduce the proposed cost to account for work that
began this summer for a new high school athletic field and repairs and
upgrades to the wing of the building that includes the Albany High pool.
"A new facility reinvests ourselves in the future of
our city. It looks forward and it says to the children of tomorrow, we
believe in you," said Board President Ginnie Farrel. "Having a new
facility now tells my children that Albany High is a worthwhile place to
educate their children.”
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minimizes tax impact
Construction would be extended over seven years and accomplished in four
phases to maximize state aid
and reduce the cost to taxpayers.
Following the September price reduction, the impact on homeowners also
will be less. The district is in the process of calculating those
lowered tax figures.
The original impact on homeowners with Basic STAR
ranged from $40-$80 each year on homes assessed from $150,000-$250,000. With
Enhanced STAR for seniors, the project would cost $29-$66 each year on homes
assessed in the $150,000-$250,000 range.
A bigger, better high school our students and community need and
second-oldest city, Albany never has had a public high school that met
all of its students' needs on one campus. The
proposed $196 million project would provide that for the city for the
first time, expanding the school by nearly 50 percent and providing new
or significant updates to all aspects of the current 41-year-old
facility located at 700 Washington Ave.
The new Albany High
would include five smaller learning communities -- including a new
three-story academic wing -- specifically designed to meet future
program goals. Albany High currently has four smaller learning
communities that were retrofitted into the aging facility four years
When it is completed, the expanded school would allow staff to manage
increases in student enrollment that are projected over the next decade.
Albany High finished the 2014-15 school year with about 2,300 students,
but enrollment projections anticipate that figure growing to 3,000 or
alone won’t solve the academic challenges many Albany High students
encounter, but the project will help staff design better programs to
meet the needs of all students.
“The building does not
make the program,” then-Albany High Principal and current Assistant
Superintendent for Instruction Cecily Wilson-Turner said. “The program
fits into the building. So the better our physical space is the better
our programs for students can be.”
project would add a second
academic wing, a new auditorium and fine-arts center, and a welcome and wellness center accessible to the
community. It also would include space for all of Albany High’s career
and technical education programs, currently located three blocks away at
the Abrookin Career and Technical Center.
renovations would include the current academic building and gym, which
would be expanded and also would include an indoor running track. A
second auxiliary gym also would be added to provide more options and
access for students to physical education classes geared toward fitness
activities like they will encounter after high school. The
school’s open courtyard would be enclosed to create a common area and
glass-paneled atrium. Enclosing the courtyard also would add more
learning space inside the building.
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for additional coverage; please note that the board
since has reduced the proposed cost to $196 million.
Doing nothing is not an option
Doing nothing is not an option for Albany High School any longer.
Designed in the 1960s and built in the early 1970s, the school no
longer can meet teaching and learning needs of today's students. It is
falling apart in many areas and, like many public facilities across the
state and nation, it is not safe in today’s world. It also is too small
to accommodate the projected enrollment growth the district predicts for
future years, when the school's student body is expected to grow from
about 2,300 students to 3,000 or more.
Major investments are needed in our city’s public high school to
benefit our students and community.
The cost of necessary repairs and upgrades -- such as the failing
heating and air conditioning systems, and the aging roof -- is estimated
at $55.7 million. The cost of an addition to serve the anticipated
enrollment growth would be about $45.6 million. The cost of that work,
at more than $100 million combined, would do nothing to address the
overall learning environment throughout the school, the remote location
of the career and technical education programs or the persistent safety
and security concerns the school presents in its current layout.
"We know that doing nothing is not an option," said
Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Bill Hogan. "We can either
approach this brick-by-brick or system-by-system or project-by-project,
or, what we've tried to do is package addressing the current needs that
we know of and plan for future enrollment. And from a programmatic
standpoint we believe that the way we are designing the building will
set the stage for 21st-century learning and better match the way we
teach today versus the way we were teaching in the early '70s when this
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Re-Imagining Albany High School: