Albany High pool makes a big splash
N.Y. (May 10, 2017) -- Albany High School
celebrated the long-awaited completion of its new pool May 10,
punctuated by a joyous ceremonial first dive by members of the school’s
"It is a great day to be a
Falcon!” said Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., “Our
celebration this morning represents yet another step forward for Albany
High School, for our school district and for our entire community.”
to read Dr. Wilkins full remarks.
Closed since a portion of the
exterior wall collapsed during a period of extreme cold in March 2015,
the pool officially will return to service when the girls’ swimming team
begins preseason practice in mid-August. The boys’ team will return home
officially when the winter sports season begins in November.
The City School District of
Albany also will reinstate the learn-to-swim program for second-graders
when the 2017-18 school year begins.
“I can still remember the thud
my heart made back in March 2015 when I learned that a large section of
the pool wall had collapsed here at Albany High,” said Board of
Education President Sue Adler. “It was hard in that moment to envision a
space like this, or to imagine a day like this.
“But here we are, with so much
to be thankful for and to celebrate, and with so much to look forward
to read Adler's full remarks.
The pool renovations were
completed thanks to a tax-free referendum voters approved in May 2015.
The $4 million pool project was part of a $14 million package of
renovations at 14 buildings district-wide, all completed with no
additional impact on taxes.
on the pool building began last
The ribbon-cutting ceremony
marked an important day for the school and district “because we know the
completion of our pool represents not just the end of a long-awaited
facilities project, or the beginning of a new era for our
student-athletes,” Dr. Wilkins said.
“This event also represents our
continued progress here at Albany High School and throughout the City
School District of Albany. It represents the fulfillment of another
important piece of our vision for the future.”
Along with about 30 Albany High student-athletes and
several parents, the gathering for the ribbon-cutting ceremony also
included board members Adler, Vice President Anne Savage and Sridar
Chittur, Ph.D., Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Assemblymember Pat Fahy (also an
Albany High parent!), Albany Common Council member Daniel Herring and
Albany County legislators Frank Commisso Sr. and Wanda Willingham.
Albany High Acting Principal Dale Getto summed up the
morning perfectly in her opening comments at the start of the event:
"It's a great day to be a Falcon!" she said.
Following the ceremonial ribbon-cutting (pictured
below), members of the Albany High swim teams officially
opened the pool with a ceremonial first dive (pictured at right).
The district now is looking
ahead to the start of construction on the major Albany High rebuilding
project. That work will begin with the groundbreaking for a new academic
wing in the spring of 2018. That new building is expected to open for
students at the start of the 2019-20 school year.
Albany High senior Sedric
Tello, a member of the boys’ swimming team, said the completion of the
pool project “goes to show how much the Albany city school district can
accomplish when it comes together, and what happens when everybody
prioritizes what’s best for our students and our athletes.
when things like this happen, it proves that there’s no limit to what we
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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
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