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Facilities projects

The City School District of Albany operates 17 schools and 21 total buildings that serve more than 11,000 students and staff on a daily basis throughout the school year. The district regularly invests in facilities maintenance, improvements and construction in order to continue to provide the highest-quality learning envirnoments for students throughout the city.

 

Major facilities projects typically are achieved at no additional cost to taxpayers, or at a signiifcantly reduced cost to taxpayers, through the matching of district reserves with state aid.

As an example, voters in 2015 approved the use of money from the Capital Reserve Fund for facilities improvements at 14 buildings throughout the district. The district matched $4.9 million from the Capital Reserve Fund with state aid to complete $14 million in projects with no additional impact on taxes.

 

Follow these links to read more about major facilities projects the district has undertaken in recent years:

 

2016

  • Rebuilding Albany High School. Voters in February approve a $179.9 million plan to rebuild and renovate Albany High. State aid will pay for 65 percent of the project, or $117.2 million. Primary construction will begin in 2018 and be completed in 2024, with a preliminary roof phase beginning during the summer of 2016.

    • June 2016 update:

      • Roof phase: The roof phase of the project will begin following the end of the 2015-16 school year in late June. At its June 16 meeting, the Board of Education awarded the bid for this part of the project to James A. Edgar Co. Inc., the low bidder through the public bidding process at $1.195 million. The major portions of Albany High's roofing will be replaced in time for the start of the 2016-17 year, including the academic building and athletic wing. The entire project may be completed this summer depending on the weather. If the weather does not allow the work to be completed by the start of school Sept. 6, the remaining portions of the roof project will be completed during the fall or, at the latest, next summer.

2015

  • Albany High School athletic field. In conjunction with the budget vote in May, voters approved construction of an artificial-turf athletic field at Albany High. The project was completed in October. This project was completed with no additional impact on taxes.

  • Facilities improvements at 14 buildings. Also in conjunction with the budget vote in May, voters approved nearly $14 million of facilities work at 14 buildings. This work is ongoing and will be completed with no additional impact on taxes.

2011

  • Facilities improvements at three schools. In conjunction with the budget vote in May, voters approved $11.4 million in facilities improvements at Albany High School, Abrookin Career and Technical Center and Giffen Memorial Elementary School. This work was completed with no additional impact on taxes.

2010

  • Facilities improvements at Albany High School. In conjunction with the budget vote in May, voters approved $7.6 million in facilities improvements to address health and wellness issues at Albany High. The work included renovations to bathrooms and locker rooms, and replacing the carpets throughout the building. This work was completed with no additional impact on taxes. The district invested about $2 million from a lawsuit settlement and the sale of the former Adult Learning Center building on Western Avenue and state aid accounted for the remaining $5.6 million.

2001-10

  • Elementary-middle school rebuild. In one of the most sweeping school facilities projects in the history of New York state, the City School District of Albany undertook a complete rebuild of its elementary schools (with the exception of Albany School of Humanities, which was renovated in the late 1990s) and middle schools. Voters approved the initial $176.5 million investment in December 2001, and subsequently approved additional related work in June 2003 ($8.7 million) and February 2007 ($19 million). The project was completed on time and on budget at the start of the 2010-11 school year.

 

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