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Message From the President

There’s a reason few people keep their New Year’s resolutions. Most of them involve kicking a bad habit, or forming a good one. We forget that it takes about three weeks to make or break a habit, so we get discouraged the first time we backslide.
Here’s a better idea: Instead of making resolutions, let’s make plans. Let’s make to-do lists. Let’s choose lots of little things (and a few big ones) that we want to accomplish in the coming year, and enjoy the good feeling of checking them off the list.
My list for our Association includes finding more and better ways to communicate and engage with all our members, strengthening our advocacy role, and developing new programming that addresses your most important needs and concerns.
Please join me in working together for our Association, our profession and our schools in 2016. 

Happy New Year,
Marty Abrams

Suffolk Chapter Celebrates the Season
The Suffolk Chapter held its December meeting and annual Holiday Party on December 11.

Active members, associate members and their respective staffs attended – a total of 406 people.

Suffolk developed the Holiday Party many years ago as a way to say thanks to our office staff – the real brains of our operations.

There were gifts and goodie bags for all ladies present, and everyone attending received tickets for chances for a lot of great raffle prizes.

Our 50/50 raffle jackpot this year went to a school district custodian with three children who was recently laid off.

Pictures from the event are available on our website, www.scsbga.org, at the Photo Albums tab.

From Mark Margolies, Chapter Treasurer, Director of Buildings and Grounds, Cold Spring Harbor CSD.

Building Condition Survey Now Open

The 2015 Building Condition Survey (BCS) is now ‘live’ for data entry.

The survey is accessed via the NYSED Application Business Portal (similar to the process for the Online Fire Safety Report) at  http://portal.nysed.gov/portal/page/portal/PortalApp

Instructions, including how to access the survey via the portal, can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/facplan/BldgCondSurv.htm

Districts that are entering data themselves can use the portal directly with appropriate entitlements from the superintendent. For those that are having their consultants enter the data, the entitlements will need to be provided to the consultants by their superintendents.

The deadline for submission of the 2015 BCS has been extended to June 30, 2016.


Hamburg School District Seeking Budget Ambassadors

The Hamburg Central School District is seeking community members, including parents, business owners, retirees and students, who are interested in public education and the future of the school district to serve on its Budget Ambassadors advisory committee.

Members of the volunteer committee will gain insight into the 2016-17 fiscal outlook and provide feedback as a budget is developed by the administration for School Board consideration and approval. Prospective Ambassadors must either reside or own a business in the school district.

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Ithaca Area Fifth-Graders Unite Against Invasive Species

About 175 Ithaca-area fifth-grade students presented their findings on invasive species – including the English house sparrow, the rusty crawfish and the hemlock woolly adelgid -- during a recent symposium in Ithaca.

The students have been learning about invasive species since the beginning of the year, and the project aims to connect children with the community, giving them an audience for their research, according to Ithaca teacher Jennifer Wilkie, who helped coordinate the symposium.

The students conducted field research, processed data, and wrote and presented reports throughout the project. Students in eight fifth-grade classes from Beverly J. Martin, South Hill, Caroline and Enfield elementary schools participated.

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State OKs Kingston's 'Safe Routes to Schools' Plan

The city of Kingston has received permission from state officials to move forward on creating a detailed design plan to install new sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian signals around schools.

City Engineer Ralph Swenson said the New York State Department of Transportation has given the go-ahead for the city to create a final design plan for the project known as “Safe Routes To Schools,” which is to be totally reimbursed with state funding.

According to a narrative of the project, the work will include a new sidewalk on Burhans Boulevard, which will make it safer for children traveling to Harry L. Edson Elementary School or J. Watson Bailey Middle School. Other elements include new pedestrian signals and crosswalks, improvements to existing ones, and curb cuts. 

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Upcoming Events

Save the Date

NYS SFA Advocacy Day

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
The Albany Room, NYS Capitol, Albany NY

School Facilities Issues Summit
Thursday, March 10, 2016
NYS Education Department, Albany NY

Our contact information is:
School Facilities Association
136 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205
Tel: (518) 465-0563 l Fax: (518) 465-0579
www.sbga.org l info@sbga.org

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Albany, New York 12205
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800.359.7242 toll free

Upcoming Events

Legislative Update Webinar - Monday, February 27 at 2pm

Advocacy Day - Tuesday, March 7, Albany
The New York State Legislature needs to hear a unified message from our Directors of Facilities!

Critical Issues Summit - Wednesday, March 8, Albany
Think Globally, Acting Locally to Achieve Your School Facility Goals!

Managing Nuisance Geese Webinar - 12-1pm, Thursday, March 30


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