State aid provides welcome budget relief
City School District of Albany Board of
Education has approved a $221.8 million budget
proposal for 2014-15 that would maintain
programs and services for all students, minimize
the tax impact and support the district's
efforts to become the best urban district in
America by 2020.
The board approved the budget proposal at its
April 10 meeting. The proposal includes a 0.87
percent tax-levy increase that also would be
fully refunded to homeowners thanks to the
state's new property tax relief program.
For the first time in six years, the board had the
opportunity to send a budget to the community for consideration
supported by adequate state funding.
Please visit our 2014-15
Budget News section for more information.
Schools close for Spring Recess
All City School District of Albany schools will be closed Monday,
April 14 through Friday, April 18 for Spring Recess.
The district's administrative offices and Central Registration will
remain open Monday through Thursday, and be closed on
Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday.
Schools and offices will be back in business on Monday, April 21.
Enjoy the (final!) emergence of spring and safe travels to all who
will be on the road.
New immunization rules effective July 1
The New York State Health Department has
changed the frequency and type of immunizations that children must have
in order to attend school in 2014-15.
State law requires districts to deny
admitting children to school if their family cannot prove they
received or are in the process of receiving required immunizations
against diseases including polio, pertussis and measles.
Click the highlighted text for a complete
list of the
new state immunization requirements.
Shop and support Eagle Point playground
on a spring shopping spree, hear some great
music and support Eagle Point Elementary School all at once on Saturday at Colonie Center.
At 2:30 p.m., third- and fourth-grade singers, musicians and dancers
from Eagle Point Elementary will present a world music performance
on the first floor of the mall, near the fountain. The event is part
of the mall's annual Spring Concert series. (MORE)
Albany High senior earns Jefferson Award
the second year in a row, an Albany High School
senior has been named a Jefferson Awards
This year's recipient,
Zilpa Oduor, is one of five Capital Region
residents who advanced to the medalist level for
the award, which honors volunteerism and public
service in communities across the country. She
and the other medalists will be recognized at an
April 17 reception. (MORE)
Young scholars celebrate lessons
101 students who took part in this year's Scholars' Institute gathered
at The Sage College of Albany Wednesday to share their knowledge and
celebrate their hard work during the past six months.
The Scholars' Institute is an after-school program for select fifth-
and sixth-graders from eight City School District of Albany
elementary schools. Teachers pick students who are up to speed in
school, love to learn and want to take part in the program, which is
partnership between the district and Sage. (MORE)
Winter varsity teams
earn scholar-athlete kudos
teams at Albany High School have received scholar-athlete recognition
from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
The award is given to teams with a composite grade-point average of 90
or greater. Girls' teams named are indoor track and basketball. The boys' teams named are
swimming and indoor track. (MORE)
Albany High artists' work
chosen for regional juried show
drawings, two pieces of sculpture and a photo by Albany High School students
all have been
accepted for review in the 15th Annual High School Regional Juried Art
will be on display at a local gallery
through the end of April, including senior Eli Kligerman's
oil/pastel piece entitled Cherries shown at right.
The exhibition opened March 17 at Opalka Gallery of
the Sage Colleges. It
features the work of more than 100 high school students from 21 Capital
Region schools. (MORE)
Senior earns National Merit finalist
Albany High School senior
Andrew Tarwerdi has
been named a finalist in the competition for prestigious National
Merit Scholarships, ranking him among the top students in the United
His stellar scores on the
Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test place him
in the top 1 percent of the
1.5 million students nationwide that took the
test in October 2012.
Another 'Top Teacher' named at Albany High
High School special education teacher Emily Lawyer has been selected by
WNYT/Ch. 13 as a Top Teacher in the Capital Region.
She is one of two Albany High teachers to be
recognized this year among 13 of the area's best. They were chosen from
among more than 200 nominated. (Above, Lawyer is interviewed in her
classroom by WNYT's Elaine Houston for a segment about the
Click here to watch the video segment.) (MORE)
District makes AP honor roll
City School District of Albany has made the annual Advanced
Placement honor roll, one of only two districts in the Capital
Region and 477 in the U.S. and Canada to receive the distinction.
The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides high-school students
with academically demanding college-level courses and exams that in
some cases earn college credit.
Districts making the AP honor roll increased their numbers of
students taking AP exams and their percentages of students who
scored 3 or higher. AP exams are scored with 5 being equivalent to a
college A/A-, 4 being an A-/B+/B and so on. (MORE)