SFA/SFMI hosts a series of events that occur each year. What follows is an overview. 

Mid to late February - Legislative Update Webinars/Advocacy Day Training

Our lobbying firm provides a webinar each year to update the membership on latest legislative and regulatory developments, and prepare Association leaders and members coming to Advocacy Day. In addition to information about current political developments, presenters review talking points and SFA’s position on legislation and policy affecting school facilities.

Early March – Advocacy Day in Albany

Chapter leaders have the responsibility of promoting Chapter-member attendance in order to have all 17 chapters represented at the Association’s annual Advocacy Day program. SFA lobbyists schedule meetings for members with the legislators from their local districts. Members are provided talking points and position papers that address the Association’s position on the NYS proposed budget and legislation and regulations impacting school facilities management.

Late March or Early April – Academy

The Academy currently rotates four different tracks with the Management Academy track being offered each year and one additional track offered simultaneously. The second tracks include Personnel Management, Security and Emergency Management, and Capital Projects. No matter if a person is new to the field or a seasoned professional, this small group training provides valuable information and a real-life exchange of need-to-know information.

Early May – Leadership Conference

Association and chapter leaders gather to learn, collaborate and advance the goals of the Association. A full Board meeting is also scheduled. All Chapter leaders are asked to attend.

October – Conference & Expo

The Annual Conference and Expo is designed to help school facilities directors from across the state to stay up-to-date with current issues and events affecting job responsibilities. This highly interactive, peer-to-peer event focuses on the latest technologies, policies and programs presented by knowledgeable speakers recognized as experts in their fields. The conference program includes the largest School Facilities Expo in New York State. This is an excellent opportunity to see first-hand the industry’s latest products and services.

November – Coalition Meetings

The Executive Committee and Legislative Committee Chair meet with the leaders of school associations in order to build coalition partners and collaborate on matters of mutual concern. Meetings are typically held with leaders of NYSSBA, NYSASBO, NYSCOSS, SAANYS and NYSUT among others.

November – Board and Committee Chair Orientation

The Executive Committee, State Directors and Committee Chairs come together in Albany to review our organizational structure and governance policies, and collaborate to set the stage for the coming year with the new Association President.

November – SFMI Planning Meeting

This meeting involves the SFA/SFMI Executive Committees and SFMI Board of Directors who gather to evaluate educational programming from the prior year, review member evaluations and develop a course of action for the next year.

Early December – Academy

The Academy currently rotates four different tracks with the Management Academy track being offered each year and one additional track offered simultaneously. The second tracks include Personnel Management, Security and Emergency Management, and Capital Projects. No matter if a person is new to the field or a seasoned professional, this small group training provides valuable information and a real-life exchange of need-to-know information.