Scaled-back proposal cut $16.1 million, more than half of the tax increase
City School District of Albany will move forward
with a $179.9 million plan to renovate and
rebuild Albany High School following voter
approval Feb. 9 and
a ruling from the State Education Department
commissioner upholding the vote April 1.
The current school was poorly planned and poorly
constructed more than 40 years ago, and cannot
meet the needs of students today or in the
future without major additions and renovations.
The scaled-back proposal will create a
supportive, up-to-date learning environment that
will lead to significantly greater student
success and accommodate anticipated enrollment
growth of 500 students or more.
The reduced $179.9 million proposal cut $16.1 million from the plan
voters defeated by 92 votes in November (less than 1 percent of the
nearly 13,000 votes that were cast).
Click here to download a fact sheet about the scaled-back
proposal. You also can visit our
Frequently Asked Questions section.
Under the scaled-back proposal,
Albany taxpayers will pay $62.7 million (35
percent of the total cost). State aid will cover the rest – $117.2
million (65 percent). The Nov. 3 proposal was for $196 million with a
local share of $72 million (37%).
The new proposal also
cut the proposed tax
increase by more than half compared to the previous plan. Here is
$1.58/month or 5 cents/day
$1.17/month or 4 cents/day
$2.33/month or 8 cents/day
$1.83/month or 6 cents/day
$3.00/month or 10 cents/day
$2.50/month or 8 cents/day
eliminated from the Nov. 3 proposal?
The most significant cost
reductions in the approved proposal are the elimination
of a new auditorium and the elimination of an expansion to the main gym.
Those two changes cut the total project cost by about $8 million.
Nov. 3 proposal included a new
1,400-seat auditorium to replace the existing 650-seat auditorium. The
new plan will keep the current auditorium, revnoating it and adding a
new 200-seat balcony.
Additional reductions in the scaled-back
Three of five distance-learning classrooms have been eliminated (two
million in technology expenses. The district would redirect those
funds from its district-wide Smart Schools Bond Act allocation to
the new high school.
million in furniture and equipment expenses.
Less-expensive flooring materials will be used in hallways.
artificial-turf athletic practice field has been eliminated. This
would remain grass.
What stayed the same in the new proposal?
The scaled-back proposal has the same
academic, safety and facilities/systems improvements as the Nov. 3
proposal. Those features include:
three-story addition to meet anticipated enrollment growth.
Completed in the first phase, two years sooner than in the Nov. 3
The career and
technical education programs (CTE) currently three blocks away at
Abrookin would move to the main campus, improving student safety and
expanding CTE’s exposure and relevance to all students.
Albany High’s courtyard has 11 entrances at the center of campus, a
major safety concern. The proposal would enclose the courtyard to
reduce the number of entrances there to two.
The proposal also would redesign the interior to eliminate winding
hallways and hidden stairways, and improve sight lines for staff.
Albany High needs an estimated $55.7 million in updates simply to
replace old equipment and facilities, such as the heating,
ventilation and air conditioning systems, roof, brick façade and
How can I learn more about the new proposal?
The City School District of Albany will provide
numerous opportunities for all community members to learn more and ask
questions about the proposal in advance of the Feb. 9 vote.
Follow this link for a complete schedule of community
meetings and presentations. You also can visit our
Frequently Asked Questions section.
If you would like to schedule a presentation
for your group or organization of 10 or more, please contact Director of
Communications Ron Lesko at 475-6065 or
Where will I vote Feb. 9?
Feb. 9 will be the same as for the annual school budget vote
in May. These locations may be different than voting
locations for the general election in November. Additionally, some
residents may now be assigned to different voting locations than last
May following Albany County's redistricting, which went into effect last
Please visit our
do I vote? section to find your polling place for the Feb. 9
referendum. You also can call the board clerk at 475-6010 if you have
questions or would like more information.
also are available.
Click here to download one, or
call the board clerk at 475-6010.
Click here to review the presentation the board considered at its Dec.
before voting to approve the Feb. 9 referendum. You also
can read more in the Dec. 18
There will be numerous opportunities for all
residents to learn more about the proposal in advance of the referendum.
Please check back frequently for updates, and also stay connected to
district news via School News
Please follow the links below to for more information: