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Environmental review subject of Sept. 4 public meeting

ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 29, 2014) -- The City School District of Albany Board of Education will hold a Sept. 4 meeting to gather public input on a report about the environmental effects of plans to renovate or rebuild Albany High School.

 

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. The board's regular monthly meeting will follow.

 

Click the highlighted text to read the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and its appendices.

 

The State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) requires a review of potential environmental impacts for a building renovation or construction of a new facility. Both options remain under consideration for Albany High. The Board of Education accepted a draft environmental review, or Environmental Impact Statement, at its Aug. 21 meeting as it continues the process of planning for the future of Albany High School.

 

Besides commenting at the Sept. 4 public meeting, members of the public have until Sept. 22 to mail or e-mail written comments about the environmental review to Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., City School District of Albany, 1 Academy Park, Albany, NY 12207 or mvanden@albany.k12.ny.us.

 

Albany High School was built in 1973. While the structure of the building is sound, major renovations are required to meet modern educational standards and technology needs, handle projected increases in student enrollment and provide an overall improved learning environment.

 

The board is considering three options for a new Albany High:

  • Combined new construction and renovation (Option A)

  • Primarily new construction (Option B)

  • All new construction (Option C)

 

The board has not identified a preferred option for a new school. However, each design features five smaller learning communities divided among separate lower and upper schools. The lower school on one side of the facility would include three smaller learning communities for freshmen and sophomores, designed to provide the school's youngest students with the additional supports many need for a successful transition to high school.

 

The upper school on the other side of the facility would include two smaller learning communities for juniors and seniors. The upper-school experience would include numerous options for students to participate in college work and hands-on experiences in the community alongside traditional high school requirements.

                                                                                                                                                

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves nearly 9,000 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

 

 

 
         
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