October 02, 2009

Tech Valley High moves into new home

Source: NYSUT Newswire
Caption: Ellen Sullivan, director of the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, talks with NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi about the opportunities the Tech Valley High School program offers at the grand opening of the school's new home. Photo by Jon Richard Flemming.

NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi was among the leaders from across the Capital Region cheering the grand opening of Tech Valley High School's new home on the East Campus of the University of Albany.

Tech Valley High's first two academic years were held at the MapInfo building at Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush, home to Pitney Bowes Business Insight. But the school's founders always envisioned the school having its own home, which it negotiated with SUNY Albany last spring.

Tech Valley High's 101 students began their academic year last month like other students in the Capital Region.

But Thursday's ceremony celebrated the years of work that resulted in its own 20,000-square-foot facility, which was built into the main lab building on the East Campus, the former Sterling Winthrop complex.

Tech Valley High is a joint venture of two local BOCES districts, whose teachers and support staff are represented by NYSUT. Capital Region BOCES is led by Doug Harple and various units at the Questar III BOCES are led by Melony Merriman and Joseph Mix. Students who enroll in Tech Valley High come from the 38 school districts that those two BOCES represent.