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Webinar to Explain New Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation Regulations

Join us next Wednesday, January 20, at 11:00 am for a free webinar addressing the new State regulations on carbon monoxide detector installation.
 
These regulations, which took effect on June 27, amended the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code to require the installation of carbon monoxide detection in all new and existing commercial buildings that have appliances, devices or systems that may emit carbon monoxide or an attached garage. School facilities are included in the definition of commercial buildings. 
 
In response to these requirements, NYSED’s Coordinator of Facility Planning Carl Thurnau, PE, will explain the application of the New York State code mandate in existing school facilities. He will provide sample floor plans and allow plenty of time to answer your questions.

To register for the webinar, click here

Kingston Creates Opportunities for Student Artists
 
School district trustees in Kingston have established the position of art advisor at a stipend of $1,495 to help Kingston High School students set up galleries at local businesses and other locations around the city.
 
Officials expect there will be five juniors and seniors involved in the program, which is expected to have gallery showings before the end of the current school year. The participants “would be trained in the installation and curation of gallery technologies,” Assistant Superintendent Beth Bonville said.
 
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Niagara Falls Board Considers Window Safety Measure

The Niagara Falls Board of Education will consider a funding option this month that would allow school windows to temporarily withstand rifle shots. The added measure is a micro-thin polyester layer that coats glass to prevent it from shattering, much like a car windshield's fracture pattern.

The material is produced by Minnesota's 3M. Territory Manager Jim Passage told the board that the product's purpose is to slow down would-be assailants by holding the broken glass in place and allowing for increased response time for law enforcement.

Originally developed for the Irish government in Belfast during the 1980s bloody clash with the Irish Republican Army, the film is installed in nearly 2,000 schools from states throughout the U.S. east and midwest, Passage said.

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Middletown District Officials, Police Praised for Response to Phone Threat


Middletown school board members praised Town of Wallkill police and district leaders for their handling of a recent telephone threat directed at Maple Hill Elementary School that sparked a police sweep of the school and resulted in the arrest of a Maple Hill third-grader.

The recorded telephone message, which a police statement said threatened harm to students, was discovered before students reported to school on Monday, January 4. Authorities quickly deemed it as not credible, and the school day proceeded on schedule. A Wallkill police detective arrested the 9-year-old girl accused of making the call. She has been charged, as a juvenile, with making a terroristic threat, a felony, and aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor.

A Maple Hill parent, Connie Quinones, scolded the board for not notifying parents sooner about the threat. Richard Del Moro, assistant superintendent for instruction, defended the district’s actions. He said officials acted under the guidance of the police, and they didn’t want to jeopardize the investigation. Plus, he said, the school had already been swept by the time students arrived.

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Reminder: Building Condition Survey Open Through June

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.

 

Upcoming Events

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NYS SFA Advocacy Day

Wednesday, March 9
Empire State Plaza/NYS Capitol, Albany NY

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

 
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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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