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Buildings and Grounds

Phone: 518-475-6160 | Fax: 518-475-6162
33A Essex St., Albany, NY 12206

About our department

The City School District of Albany's Operations and Maintenance Department keeps track of 879 classrooms, 21 buildings, 2.1 million square feet of building space, 6.5 miles of sidewalks, 121 acres of lawns, playgrounds, athletic fields and parking lots.

The department also is responsible for cleaning, regular maintenance, snow removal, overseeing all construction and complying with local, state and federal health and safety regulations.

The department is made up of head custodians, custodial workers, maintenance workers, labor foremen, cleaners, motor vehicle operators, locker room attendants, laundry workers, secretaries, carpenters, a roofer, a plumber, an electrician, an alarm technician, a turf manager and an energy manager who serve our schools and the district as a whole.

James Spooner, Jr.

Assistant Director of Facilities

Services and resources

The City School District of Albany’s buildings and grounds are maintained primarily for the purpose of educating students. However, the Board of Education recognizes that district facilities are a valuable community resource and believes they should be available to the community for uses that will not interfere with educational activities or disrupt district operations such as renovation or maintenance.

Please note that applications are required to be submitted at least 30 days in advance of an event. We recommend that requests for use for the spring, summer and fall seasons are submitted no earlier than Feb. 1 and no later than Feb. 28 of the calendar year.

Learn more here.

The City School District of Albany will provide information to parents, guardians and staff who want to receive advance notice about pesticide use.

The district uses pesticides as a last resort. And when pesticides are used, the district practices Integrated Pest Management (IPM) -- a process for managing, preventing and suppressing pests with minimal impact on human health and the environment. The district hires outside pest-control contractors who are required to follow IPM procedures. IPM is most successful when teachers, students, employees and contractors work together.

If you would like to be notified of pesticide use in the district, please contact the Buildings and Grounds Office at (518) 475-6160 to request a notification form. 

You can also download the form here. 

Recycling not only conserves natural resources and reduces the amount of waste that must be burned or buries -- it also reduces pollution and the demand for energy. The City School District of Albany participates in three large-scale recycling efforts, two of which bring dollars back into the district.

Office paper, newspaper, magazines and non-corrugated cardboard are sold to a local recycling center. Each building receives a check for the recycled items sold.

Discarded metal items are also sold to a local recycling center. The district is paid by weight of the metal.

The district also contracts with Waste Management to recycle corrugated cardboard, glass, metal and plastic. These items are gathered in a single container for "single-stream" recycling. Waste Management picks this container separately from the trash and delivers it to recycle center for separation and to be recycled. The district's goal is to maximize single-stream recycling through training and awareness.

Waste Management also offers classroom education programs. For more information, contact Anthony Reinl at Waste Management at (518) 533-3326.

The City School District of Albany has a management plan to identify and manage asbestos building materials in accordance with the EPA Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1987 (40 CFR Part 763).

Periodic inspections are done every six months. The triennial re-inspection that reviews and updates the asbestos management plan for all district buildings was completed in June 2016. The plan is kept on file at the district’s administrative headquarters in Academy Park. These records are available for review. For more information, contact the Operations and Maintenance Department at (518) 475-6160.

The City School District of Albany will reduce the use of energy throughout the school system without impacting the educational environment while ensuring efficient and effective stewardship of public resources.

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