Legacy 2020 Capital Project
In January 2016, voters in Queensbury Union Free School District approved a tax neutral $39,735,000 capital project proposal for Queensbury High School. The concept for the proposal is an extensive reimagining of the five-decades-old building.The Legacy 2020 Capital Project will reorganize and renovate the rigid, mid-century structure of the high school to:
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.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.
- Provide three interdisciplinary instructional communities (instead of mid-century subject-area silos):
- Humanities - English language arts, social studies, foreign language (purple in floor plan below)
- STEM - science, technology, engineering, math (green in floor plan below)
- Fine and performing arts (teal in floor plan below)
- 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 (brown in floor plan below) 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.
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