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Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 29

9:00am Fred Hack Memorial Golf Tournament Registration - Saratoga Lake Golf Course

10:30am Fred Hack Memorial Golf Tournament Tee-Off - Saratoga Lake Golf Course

Sunday, September 30

Day Chairperson: Kim Parahus, SFA Second Vice President 

11:00am–12:00pm NYSSFA Executive Committee Meeting

12:00pm Registration and Information Desks Open

12:15–1:00pm NYSSFA & SFMI Combined Board of Directors Meeting

1:00–2:00pm Sponsor Recognition/New Member/1st-Time Attendee Social

2:30–6:00pm Expo Grand Opening

6:00pm Open Evening

Monday, October 1

Day Chairperson: Paul Rooney, SFA First Vice President

7:15am–5:30pm Registration and Information Desk Open

7:00–8:00am Buffet Breakfast

8:00–9:30am Opening Session

Program:

  • Honor our Country with Pledge of Allegiance and Schuylerville Choir
  • Invocation
  • President Welcome
  • Leadership Recognition
  • Third Vice Presidential Candidate Introductions and Presentations
  • Welcome from Jeff Day of Day Automation Systems
  • Recognition of CDF, RDF, AADC and ADC
  • Presentation by David Little, Executive Director of NYS Rural Schools

9:30–11:00am Morning Refreshment Break in Expo

11:00am–12:15pm Keynote Presentation: In A World of Complexity, Simplicity & Centeredness Is The Newest Expression of Brilliance

Speaker: Dr. Joel Hoomans, Professor of Management and Leadership Studies; Director, Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Program, Robert Wesleyan College

12:30–1:30pm NYSSFA Association Luncheon

Program

  • Welcome
  • Member Recognition (Pins)
  • Richard P. Mills Scholarship Recognition
  • Empire State College/MVCC Update
  • NYSERDA Update
  • Siemens Presentation

1:30–3:00pm Expo Finale and Grand Prize Drawing

3:00–9:00pm Exhibitor Breakdown

3:15–4:30pm Concurrent Sessions (Sessions repeated at 4:30pm)

  • The Values that Inform Simplicity, Priorities & Centeredness in Communication - Dr. Joel Hoomans

This session will focus on strategies and tactics for communicating in ways that simplify communication, build positive regard, create competitive advantage for the leader and cause communication to reverberate in the lives of others.

  • A Debriefing: A Breakdown of the Parkland School Shooting - Tom Czyz, Detective and SWAT Team Operator, Mike Poland,Retired SWAT Team Leader and Homeland Security Subject Matter Expert and Matt Carey, SWAT Team Leader and Former Marine, Armoured One

On February 14, 2018, Stoneman Douglas School went under attack and faced their worst nightmare. A recently expelled student came to the school with an AR15 and killed 17 people, injuring another 17. The attacker was able to shoot a majority of his victims in their classrooms from the hallway. Armoured One is a company that responds to all active shooter attacks at K-12 schools in the United States to investigate the shootings. Armoured One utilizes retired FBI, Homeland Security, Secret Service Agents, Navy Seals and detectives to investigate what really occurred during these attacks. What did the school do and what did people do to survive this attack. This information is gathered and used to shed light on the changes that need to be made to the physical structure of the buildings. There are lessons to be learned in every school shooting and sadly lives could have been saved in Parkland. Armoured One will equip you with the information needed to save lives in the event your school ever comes under attack.

Understanding and Managing Your District’s Energy - Alwyn A. John, CEM, CBCP, Senior Energy Management Coordinator, TST BOCES and Jeff Day, Vice President, Day Automation Systems

Understanding the energy usage and the process of identifying potential saving measures and best practices.

4:45–6:00pm Concurrent Sessions (Sessions repeated from 3:15pm)

  • The Values that Inform Simplicity, Priorities & Centeredness in Communication - Dr. Joel Hoomans

This session will focus on strategies and tactics for communicating in ways that simplify communication, build positive regard, create competitive advantage for the leader and cause communication to reverberate in the lives of others.

  • A Debriefing: A Breakdown of the Parkland School Shooting - Tom Czyz, Detective and SWAT Team Operator, Mike Poland,Retired SWAT Team Leader and Homeland Security Subject Matter Expert and Matt Carey, SWAT Team Leader and Former Marine, Armoured One

On February 14, 2018, Stoneman Douglas School went under attack and faced their worst nightmare. A recently expelled student came to the school with an AR15 and killed 17 people, injuring another 17. The attacker was able to shoot a majority of his victims in their classrooms from the hallway. Armoured One is a company that responds to all active shooter attacks at K-12 schools in the United States to investigate the shootings. Armoured One utilizes retired FBI, Homeland Security, Secret Service Agents, Navy Seals and detectives to investigate what really occurred during these attacks. What did the school do and what did people do to survive this attack. This information is gathered and used to shed light on the changes that need to be made to the physical structure of the buildings. There are lessons to be learned in every school shooting and sadly lives could have been saved in Parkland. Armoured One will equip you with the information needed to save lives in the event your school ever comes under attack.

Understanding and Managing Your District’s Energy - Alwyn A. John, CEM, CBCP, Senior Energy Management Coordinator, TST BOCES and Jeff Day, Vice President, Day Automation Systems

Understanding the energy usage and the process of identifying potential saving measures and best practices.

6:00pm Opening Evening

Tuesday, October 2

Day Chairperson: Elliot Garcia, Third Vice President

7:00am–5:00pm Registration and Information Desk Open

7:15–8:30am Breakfast Buffet

8:00–8:30am Legislative Update with Jim Carr, Hinman Straub PC

8:30–10:00am Concurrent Sessions (Sessions repeat at 10:30am)

  • Contract Administration: The How To's - Rachel Rissetto, Esq., Human Resource Manager, Hudson City School District

This session will focus on how to effectively administer your contract as a Supervisor, how to avoid grievances, how to properly respond to grievances if you get one, how to effectively manage your workforce to maximize productively and how to effectively counsel employees.

  • Active Shooter Response: What You Do Matters - Ryan Bentley, Investigator, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)

Learn how to bridge the gap between your building/district’s level safety planning and reality based on real-life human factors that directly correspond to school-related disaster planning. Ryan Bentley will review case studies from recent nationwide and global events and provide you with valuable tips to increase the likelihood of survival before emergency responders are on scene, what to expect during emergency response and the ensuing aftermath.

  • Energy Performance Contracts 101 - Ted Firnstein, Business Development Manager, Siemens Industry, Inc., Greg Royer, Account Manager, Trane Commercial Systems and David Angello, Vice President of Business Development, Johnson Controls Inc.

    Session is sponsored by C&S Cos., Day Automation Systems, NYSIR, Q Ware, TBS and Trane

Industry representatives will discuss various components that make up an energy performance contract that increases efficiencies and saves your district money.

10:00–10:30am Association Elections

10:00–10:30am Coffee Break

10:30am–12:00pm Concurrent Sessions (Sessions repeated from 8:30am)

  • Contract Administration: The How To's - Rachel Rissetto, Esq., Human Resource Manager, Hudson City School District

This session will focus on how to effectively administer your contract as a Supervisor, how to avoid grievances, how to properly respond to grievances if you get one, how to effectively manage your workforce to maximize productively and how to effectively counsel employees.

  • Active Shooter Response: What You Do Matters - Ryan Bentley, Investigator, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)

Learn how to bridge the gap between your building/district’s level safety planning and reality based on real-life human factors that directly correspond to school-related disaster planning. Ryan Bentley will review case studies from recent nationwide and global events and provide you with valuable tips to increase the likelihood of survival before emergency responders are on scene, what to expect during emergency response and the ensuing aftermath.

  • Energy Performance Contracts 101 - Ted Firnstein, Business Development Manager, Siemens Industry, Inc., Greg Royer, Account Manager, Trane Commercial Systems and David Angello, Vice President of Business Development, Johnson Controls Inc.

    Session is sponsored by C&S Cos., Day Automation Systems, NYSIR, Q Ware, TBS and Trane

Industry representatives will discuss various components that make up an energy performance contract that increases efficiencies and saves your district money.

12:15pm–1:30pm Association Luncheon

Program

  • Election Results
  • Fred Hack Golf Tournament Results
  • Conference and Chapter Sponsorship Recognition
  • Difficult Conversations by Allan Berry, Berry Consulting Services
    This presentation is designed to explore the dynamics of difficult conversations including why we tend to avoid them, why they are necessary and how to be successful in these challenging circumstances.

1:40–3:00pm General Session: SED Update & Regulatory Compliance Hot Topics
Hear timely updates on policy, procedural and regulatory matters from Rosanne Groff and the Office of Facilities Planning team and applaud this year’s NYSIR Scholarship honorees and NYSIR will recognize the five scholarship recipients.

Session sponsored by Paul Davis Restoration

5:00–6:00pm President’s Reception (By Invitation only)

6:00–6:45pm Inaugural Reception

6:45–8:45pm Association Banquet
Join President Mike Coghlan, CDF and his officers for this evening of celebration and reflection. Mike will recap his presidential year and pass the gavel to incoming President Paul Rooney, DOF of North Rockland CSD; present industry awards and accreditation certificates to CDF, RDF, ADC and AADC recipients; present the Commissioner Richard Mills Scholarship and much more! Oh, and don’t forget the raffle prizes — you could bring home some amazing gifts!

Wednesday, October 3

7:00–8:15am Breakfast Buffet

7:15–8:15am BOCES Breakfast

8:15–9:30am Concurrent Sessions

  • Retirement Planning - Tom Pohl, NYS Retirement System

Retirement is close for some and years away for others. No matter where you are in your career, planning for retirement is time well spent. Learn the critical elements involved in the calculation of your pension benefit, what your can do to maximize these benefits, and obtain information on how and when to contact NYSLRS to obtain your specific information. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions related to pension benefits during and after the presentation. In addition to a verbal and PowerPoint presentation, you will also receive a guide that covers pension information in more detail.

  • Facilities Management Peer-to-Peer Roundtable Discussion: Civil Service/Personnel Issues - Kim Parahus, SFA Second Vice President

A closed door, peer-to-peer discussion on core issues that keep you up at night.

9:45–11:30am NYSSFA Board of Directors Meeting