NOTE: The following article originally ran in the Tuesday, March 24, 1970, edition of the Albany Democrat-Herald.
The new Albany high school isn't called "the new Albany high school" anymore. It's called South Albany High School.
Albany Union High School board members voted four to one in favor of the title. The one dissenting vote was that of Joe Turner, who had proposed the name "Columbus High School."
Although the board had speculated that the name of the old high school would have to be changed to match any name selected for the new building. District Superintendent John Cox urged retention of the "Albany Union High School" name. Action to name the old building was tabled.
Sunday evening's naming was prompted by high school architect Palmer Hewlett. Hewlett said a name must be selected to allow casting of commemorative plaques.
Hard feelings over a $90 restroom door prompted the board to bar one of the architects from the $4.1 million high school project.
Board chairman Clifford McDaniel told Hewlett that Vincent Fletcher, a Hewlett & Jamison architect, "is not to be connected with District Eight projects."
McDaniel said it had been made clear at the outset of the project that Fletcher was not to be involved with district buildings.
At a board meeting Feb. 23, Fletcher informed the board of a drafting error which caused miscalculation of a door measurement. He said the error would cost the district $90 for a new door. At first the board objected, but later agreed when Assistant Superintendent Charles Seger said the district could use the leftover door.
Although Fletcher indicated the spare door would be available on the construction site, board members maintained it was missing.
Turner said Fletcher appears to be the source of some "discrepancies" in the district's building program.
McDaniel told Hewlett that Fletcher was to be declared "persona non grata" on all District Eight projects.
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Criticism of Fletcher did not extend to the building itself, however. Board members praised the $4.1 million structures as a "darned nice building" and a "clean construction job."
In related business, the school board authorized payment of a Jan. 28 architect's bill for $29,133, and decided to withhold further payments until completion of the project.
Hewlett said payments to his firm usually are paid on a monthly basis. McDaniel replied that the school district attorney had ruled that payment in full could be withheld until delivery of the building.
Hewlett indicated he would speak with his firm's lawyers.
Total architect's fee is nearly $280,000 for the project.
To date, 90 percent of that figure has been paid.
Harry Courtney, architect's on-the-job representative, told the board that the project will be 65 percent complete dollar-wise and 52 percent finished time-wise by the end of March. By that time, he added, contractors will have been on the job one year.
Courtney expressed optimism over construction progress, but warned that rail and equipment manufacturer strikes could delay completion of the building. But the project could reach completion as early as mid-November, he said.
In other business, the board threw out a policy requiring school employees to live within the district, but not requiring it for employment.
The motion passed over the long objection of Milton Newport. Newport said he feared "abuses" if the policy were dismissed.
Cox asked the board for permission to post "no trespassing" signs in district school buildings. The signs would direct visitors to report to the school principal immediately after entering school buildings. Cox said some schools had problems with nonstudents loitering around buildings.