May 21, Albany voters will consider a proposition to expand and
renovate North Albany Academy into a new, permanent middle school.
Following a three-year
planning process that included extensive community input and
feedback, the district is asking voters to support the expansion and
renovation of North Albany to create a new
650-student middle school.
If approved, the project would be completed in 2023 and provide
the district with three equitable middle schools (along with Hackett and
Myers) to serve all students in grades 6-8. The district currently does
not have enough middle school space and educates about 250 sixth-graders
in elementary schools
The total cost of the middle
school plan would be $31.9 million, with no tax impact. That would
include $3.4 million in renovations to expand Arbor Hill Elementary
School to serve additional elementary school students.
If the May 2019 referendum is approved, construction would begin with
renovations to expand Arbor Hill Elementary School in the spring of
2021. Arbor Hill would remain open throughout the renovation process.
North Albany also would remain open for Albany International Center
students during renovations through June 2024.