Your Vision, Their Success:
A Design for the Future of Queensbury High School
In January 2016, voters in Queensbury Union Free School District approved a tax neutral $39,735,000 capital project proposal for Queensbury High School by a vote of 537 to 203. Learn more about the approved capital project with the following resources:
The concept for the proposal is an extensive reimagining of the 52-year-old high school, one that reorganizes and renovates the rigid, mid-century structure to:
- Provide three interdisciplinary instructional communities (instead of mid-century subject-area silos):
- Humanities - English language arts, social studies, foreign language
- STEM - science, technology, engineering, math
- Fine and performing arts
- Allow for greater collaboration among faculty and students through extended learning areas that are more flexible than the traditional classroom and that provide collaboration, socialization and enrichment opportunities. These areas would be dispersed throughout the instructional communities.
- Centralize support services such as the High School Counseling Center, psychological and social services, and the nurse’s office in the main school corridor to increase the ease of access for students and parents.
- Increase the usability of school-community spaces by opening up the cafeteria to the Blue Gym lobby, relocating the media center and a large-group room to the front of the building, and renovating the auditorium.
- Enhance security by providing a more secure school entrance and more clear sight lines in student areas, which puts learning on display while allowing for improved oversight. Centralizing support services and school-community spaces along a main corridor would also allow the school to more easily prevent unauthorized public access to classroom areas.
- Conserve energy where possible such as by replacing original, energy inefficient windows and walls.
Developing the 2016 Capital Project
The concept design for the capital project
(PDF) was informed by an educational specifications report
for Queensbury High School, which came out of a two-year, multi-step legacy planning process
. That process included community education summits in 2013 and 2015 with parents, students, community and industry leaders, school board members, students, administrators, district employees, retirees, and non-parent residents. The district also organized discussions among small focus groups of alumni, students, administrators, faculty and support staff; created legacy planning teams at each school building; and conducted online surveys.
Cost of the 2016 Capital Project
The $39,735,000 capital project will have no additional local tax impact. State building aid will cover $26,550,000 of the cost and return to the local community some of the taxes it pays to the state. The remaining balance of $13,185,000 is the local share of the cost, but the project will be tax neutral due to the retirement of district debt.
News About the 2016 Capital Project