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A proposition for a no-cost facilities project to improve Giffen, Abrookin and Albany High

Proposition #4

Shall the Board of Education be authorized to (1) construct additions to and/or reconstruct portions of Giffen Memorial Elementary School, Albany High School and Abrookin Vocational-Technical Center, including in each case, site work thereat and the acquisition of original furnishings, equipment, machinery or apparatus required for the purpose for which such buildings are to be used, at a maximum aggregate cost of $11,400,000; (2) expend such sum for such purposes, (3) levy the necessary tax therefore, to be levied and collected in annual installments in such years and in such amounts as may be determined by the Board of Education, taking into account state aid, and (4) in anticipation of the collection of such tax, issue bonds and notes of the district at one time or from time to time in the principal amount not to exceed $11,400,000, and levy a tax to pay the interest on said obligations when due?

When voters visit the polls Tuesday, May 17 to decide on the City School District of Albany's $206.5 million budget proposal for 2011-12, a separate resolution on the ballot (Proposition #4, see box at right) will ask them to approve an $11.4 million facilities project for three schools. The entire project will be done at no cost to taxpayers.

 

The project would expand the cafeteria at Giffen Memorial Elementary School, fix the roof, windows, and heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and electrical systems at AbrookinVocational-Technical Center, and add a nine-classroom addition and other improvements at Albany High School.

 

The entire project would be paid for by regular and EXCEL building aid from the state.

 

The district also will continue with the $7.6 million no-cost facilities project at Albany High that voters approved last year, renovating bathrooms and locker rooms, updating ceilings and lighting, and replacing carpet in classrooms.

 

There will be two more propositions on the May 17 ballot related to the school district:

  • Proposition #2 will ask the public to authorize the sale of the district building at 270-272 Central Ave., home to the Buildings and Grounds staff. The staff and all equipment are relocating to the former Harriet Gibbons High School (now Central Registration) at 75 Watervliet Ave. Proposition #2 asks voters to approve the sale for not less than $100,000.

  • Prroposition #3 will ask voters to authorize the district to sell the former Philip Livingston Magnet Academy for at least $3.25 million. In May 2010, voters overwhelmingly approved a proposition authorizing the district to sell the property for at least $4.5 million. However, due to market conditions it is necessary to lower the minimum selling price.

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