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Re-Imagining Albany High School

Investing in our students. Investing in our community. Investing in our future.

Disappointed by the outcome but committed to the need, the City School District of Albany began looking ahead Nov. 12 following the defeat of the proposal to renovate and rebuild Albany High School.


“No” votes held a narrow and unofficial 103-vote margin following the opening of absentee ballots from all 15 city wards. “No” votes had a 10-vote edge after the general election Nov. 3. Nearly 11,700 total votes were cast.


“I am extremely disappointed for the students of Albany,” said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. “We came close, and I’m excited about that. We’ll go back to the drawing board and work with the board to decide if we will give it another shot. I still remain hopeful.”


The $196 million proposal would have repaired and replaced outdated systems and equipment, expanded the school to accommodate growing enrollment, moved the career and technical education courses into the main school from a separate facility three blocks away, addressed major safety concerns and fully renovated the academic environment.


The next steps began with a board Facilities Committee meeting Nov. 18 and will continue with a discussion at the full board meeting Nov. 19. The board, too, was disappointed by the final outcome but encouraged that nearly 5,800 people voted “yes.”


“The closeness of this vote shows that many of our citizens are very aware of our needs for our facilities,” said board President Ginnie Farrell. “The board needs to get together and decide next steps, and we will do that work beginning next week.”


Find out more about the proposal

There were many ways to learn more about the proposal that voters rejected in November.

The district also reached out to school and community organizations city-wide to schedule presentations about the proposal. A community meeting and public tours of Albany High also were scheduled. Here is a list of those presentations in advance of the Nov. 3 vote:

  • Monday, Nov. 2 -- Re-Imagining Albany High Q&A and Tour, 6 p.m.

  • Thursday, Oct. 29 -- Board of Education meeting, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 7 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28:

    • Albany Booster Club meeting, Albany High School media center, 6 p.m.

    • Mansion Neighborhood Association, 6 p.m.

    • Pine Bush Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27 -- Eagle Hill Neighborhood Association, 6:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Oct. 26:

    • Albany High School public tour, 6 p.m.

    • Arbor Hill Neighborhood Association, 6 p.m.

    • Second Avenue Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, Oct. 22:

    • North Albany Academy PTA and Parent University meeting, 5 p.m.

    • A Village meeting, Capital South Campus Center, 5:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21

    • Albany High School Parent Coffee meeting, 10 a.m.

    • Delaware Community School PTA, 6 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 20:

    • Albany School of Humanities (ASH) PTA, 6:30 p.m.

    • Upper Washington Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m.

  • Monday, Oct. 19:

    •  Albany High School public tour, 6 p.m.

    • Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School PTSA, 6:30 p.m.

    • Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology PTA, 6:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Oct. 15:

    • Board of Education meeting, Arbor Hill Elementary School, 7 p.m.

    • Pine Hills Neighbohood Association, 7 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14:

    • New Scotland Elementary School PTA, 4 p.m.

    • Eagle Point Elementary School PTA, 6:15 p.m.

    • New Albany Neighborhood Association, 6:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13:

    • Giffen Memorial Elementary School PTA, 8 a.m.

    • Albany High School public tour, 6 p.m.

    • Pine Hills Elementary School PTA, 6 p.m.

    • Melrose Neighborhood Association, 6:30 p.m.

    • Beverwyck Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m.

  • Saturday, Oct. 10 -- Albany High School public tour, 9:30 a.m.

  • Thursday, Oct. 8:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7:

  • Monday, Oct. 5 -- Albany High School PTSA, 6:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 -- Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities, 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 29 -- Montessori Community Council, 6:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Sept. 28 -- Re-Imagining Albany High School Town Hall Meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 -- South End Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m.

  • Monday, Sept. 21 -- Sheridan Hollow Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16:

  • Helderberg Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m.

  • Hudson Park Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 3 -- Board of Education meeting, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 7 p.m.

If you have additional questions, or would like to schedule a presentation for your group of 10 or more, please contact Director of Communications Ron Lesko at 475-6065 or


Plan 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 to $196 million, the impact on homeowners also will be less. 


The impact on homeowners with Basic STAR would range from $42-$77 each year on homes assessed from $150,000-$250,000. With Enhanced STAR for seniors, the project would cost $30-$64 each year on homes assessed in the $150,000-$250,000 range.


A bigger, better high school our students and community need and deserve

America's 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 ago.


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 more.


New facilities 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.”


The 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.


Major 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.


You can read a Times Union article 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 presents safety challenges 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 2,500 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 building opened."


Please follow the links below to read more about the process of Re-Imagining Albany High School:



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