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Facilities Plan: Overview 

Rebuilding our schools, reshaping education

Thanks to a sweeping plan approved by taxpayers in 2001, almost every elementary and middle school in the City School District of Albany has been newly built and/or renovated in the past decade. Albany School of Humanities (ASH) is the exception; it was completely renovated in 1995.


The overview below includes the timelines for each school project, project budget, and information for each school included in the facilities plan. Due to changes in the scope of work at certain schools, budgets and work planned have changed since the facilities plan was originally conceived. To learn more about the original referenda and corresponding projects, please click here.


The construction timeline was developed with three priorities:

  • To shield students and staff from the chaos of construction.

  • To provide for a gradual tax increase.

  • To keep work on schedule.

Please note the chart below is organized alphabetically.


School Work Planned Cost Complete
Albany High School Improved athletic fields $560,000 2003
Arbor Hill Elementary School Roof and skylights replaced (2003). Additional renovations, including measures to prevent water leakage, will begin in January 2009. $12,000,000 Summer 2010
Eagle Point Elementary
(formerly PS 27)
Major renovations and an addition $10,491,926 2005
Harriet Gibbons High School Relocated to 75 Watervliet Ave., and renovated $4,020,000 2003
Giffen Memorial Elementary School Complete roof replacement (2006). Renovations including new climate control systems, accessibility, painting, and other upgrades will begin summer 2008. $12,000,000 September 2009
William S. Hackett Middle School Major renovations $33,500,000 2008
Montessori Magnet School New school at PS 26 site $9,781,250 2005
Stephen & Harriet Myers Middle School New school on new site $33,757,385 2005
North Albany Academy
(formerly PS 20)
Major renovations and addition $10,491,926 2005
Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science & Technology Complete roof replacement (2005). Exterior drainage system replaced (2007). Renovations, including accessibility, new rest rooms, mechanical replacemens, new windows and doors, and energy and other upgrades will begin summer 2008. $8,000,000 January 2010
Public School 16 New school at PS 16 site -- Pine Hills Elementary School $12,700,000 2007
Public School 18 New school at PS 18 site -- Delaware Community School $12,700,000 2007
Public School 19 Major renovations and addition; renamed New Scotland Elementary School $15,000,000 2008
Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy
(formerly PS 21)
Major renovations and addition $9,822,057 2004
Sheridan Preparatory Academy New school at former Harriet Gibbons High School site $11,329,500 2004
Land Acquisition   $3,141,840 2002


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