Environmental review subject of Sept. 4 public meeting
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
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
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
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
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