Pool groundbreaking marks the next step
in the school's facilities improvements
N.Y. (Oct. 25, 2016) -- The City School District
of Albany began renovations Oct. 25 on the pool facility at Albany High
School, a highly anticipated next step in the overall plan to expand and
renovate the city’s only public high school.
“Today’s groundbreaking for our pool building
represents another step forward for Albany High School, for our school
district and for our entire community,” said Interim Superintendent
Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.
The pool has been
out of service since a large section of the outside wall collapsed
during a period of extreme cold in March 2015. Two months later, voters
approved a tax-free referendum to fully renovate the pool building.
The $4 million
pool renovation is part of a $14 million
package of repairs and upgrades at 14 district buildings that has no
Voters approved that referendum in May 2015.
Also Tuesday, Dr.
Wilkins gave an update on the plan to
renovate and rebuild Albany High. Voters approved that $179.9
million project in February. Replacing the school’s failing roof was the
first order of business; that work was finished over the summer, ahead
district is committed to following through on the promises we make to
our community,” she said. “We know that our residents have high
expectations that the projects we propose for our students will be done
well, done on time and done within budget. That is our track record, and
we are looking forward to delivering once again for our students, our
families and our community.”
on the pool building is scheduled to finish in April. Albany High’s
boys’ and girls’ swim teams, displaced since the pool closure, will be
back home next school year. The school district also will reinstate a
learn-to-swim program for second-graders that has been put on hold while
the pool is out of service.
on the major expansion and rebuilding project for Albany High included a
report on the outcomes of numerous meetings that architects held over the summer with
Albany High faculty and staff. That input led to several updates to the
proposed project, all keeping within the $179.9 million budget. Those
equal-sized smaller-learning communities, or academies, to serve the
growing enrollment, expected to increase from about 2,600 today to
3,000 or more
guidance and student-support suite in each academy, instead of a
centralized location for those offices such as exists in Albany High
Moving thelibrary, or media center, to the front of the building to
make it accessible to the community outside of the regular school
small theater/performance space that would seat approximately 150
more efficient space for career and technical programs
Adding a third
art classroom, a new media art lab and a TV production room
renovated and rebuilt facility will expand the size of the current
building by about 50 percent. It will be completed in four phases over
six years, with construction expected to begin in the spring of 2018 and
wrap up in the summer of 2024.
will begin with a three-story academic building behind the school. The
second phase will include an addition in the front of the school, along
Washington Avenue, for art, music and foreign language classrooms.
In the final two
phases, the school’s open courtyard will be enclosed and the current
three-story academic building will be fully renovated to create two
smaller-learning communities and space for career and technical
education programs. Those programs currently are housed three blocks
away from Albany High at Abrookin Career and Technical Center.
renovations include replacing the heating, ventilation and
air-conditioning systems, replacing the aging brick exterior, fully
renovating the auditorium and adding a new 200-seat balcony, and
creating new space for physical-education classes, including jogging
lanes in the main gym.
Once the plan is completed it will be submitted
to the State Education Department for review in 2017. The state’s review
process will take about a year.
The video below shows another look at the
groundbreaking celebration on Oct. 25.
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
more than 9,600
students in 17
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