ALBANY -- The filing period for candidates for the Albany Unified School District board will open July 14. Three seats will be up for election to a four-year term this November. Current board members Allan Maris and Jonathan Knight have announced they do not plan to run.

Candidates must file between July 14 and Aug. 8.

The district has information available on its website (www.ausdk12.org) and at its offices at 1051 Monroe St.

The board meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. Candidates need to collect 20 to 30 signatures on a petition and file a Declaration of Candidacy with the city clerk.

Paul Black is the other incumbent up for election this year. If he decides not to run for re-election, the filing period will be extended to Aug. 13.

The district has also announced plans for construction projects during the summer. They include the demolition of MacGregor High School and a remodel of Albany High School. Modular classrooms will also be installed at Albany Middle School and all three elementary schools.

The board voted last October to demolish the existing MacGregor buildings after receiving a report that said fixing the school's structural problems would be too expensive.

The students will be absorbed into Albany High and middle schools, necessitating the remodel and modular projects at those campuses. The remodeling began June 16 and the demolition of MacGregor is scheduled to begin July 1. Both projects are scheduled to be completed by Aug. 8.

There was discussion by the school board about replacing the MacGregor buildings with some form of portable or modular classrooms, but it was decided that the site will become a teacher parking lot for Albany Middle School. Temporary modular classrooms will be constructed on what used to be the middle school teachers' parking lot. They will be removed at the end of the summer.

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