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Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation Webinar Slides and Recording Posted

Thank you to everyone who attended the January 20th webinar presented by Carl Thurnau of NYSED.  There were over 400 of you!

For those who weren't available on the 20th and for those who'd like to review it a second time, we have now posted the audio of the webinar as well as Carl's slides on the homepage of our website (www.sbga.org) 

The frequently asked questions have been passed on to Carl's team at NYSED to be answered.  We will distribute both the questions and answers by email in a few weeks.

Mark Your Calendar for Our Next Webinar!

Join us on Friday, February 12th at 3:30pm for our free NYS School Facilities Legislative Update Webinar.  Presenters Jim Carr, our government affairs representative from Hinman Straub, and Fred Koelbel, the Association's Legislative Committee Chair, will provide an update on:

  • the Executive Budget proposal as it relates to education and our school facilities;
  • our Association's 2016 legislative priorities; and
  • an overview of how to advocate for our school facilities.

To register for the webinar, click here

Scholarship Recipient Working With Some Cool Technology

Austin Colomaio, two-time Fred Hackett Memorial Scholarship recipient and two-time NYSSFA Southern Finger Lakes Chapter Scholarship recipient, is spending the final semester of his undergraduate career in a paid internship with Ice Energy in Riverside California.

Austin, a graduate of Bath-Haverling Central Schools and the son of Anthony Colomaio, CDF, director of facilities and operations at Bath Central School, is a mechanical engineering major at SUNY Alfred.  He is working in Ice Energy’s research and development department.

Ice Energy is known for its Ice Bear units, which freeze water at night when electric rates are lower and use the ice for cooling buildings during the day. The company, which was recently featured in Forbes magazine, is using a manufacturing facility in Hammondsport, N.Y., to build some units.
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Thurnau Family Soars With the Eagles

Carl T. Thurnau, the New York State Education Department’s liaison to our Association, is the proud father of a new Eagle Scout. Carl Jacob “Jake” Thurnau is a third-generation Eagle Scout, as his father and grandfather, Carl James Thurnau, also attained Boy Scouting’s highest rank. The Thurnaus’ extended family has a total of 10 Eagle Scouts.

For his final Eagle Scout project, Jake worked at Jenkins Park in Burnt Hills, restoring benches, building some new ones and making a trail map. Father, son and grandfather enjoy going on hunting and fishing trips together, where they use the skills they learned as Scouts.


Phoenix Facilities Staffers Receive Filter Training

The head custodians and maintenance staff of the Phoenix Central School District recently received some Curbside Filter Training from Kathy Tubbert-Garuccio and Joe O’Hara from Camfil USA, Inc. The training included information pertaining to MERV ratings, filter cleanliness, proper filter choice and filter efficiency.  The “Lunch & Learn” setting allowed for an hour of quality training including a question & answer portion with lunch included.

Camfil, a global leader in industrial air filters and related products, has been a longtime supporter of the NYSSFA.



Security Officer Ascends to Kingston District's Safety Director Post

The new director of safety and protection in the Kingston City School District is a familiar face in the community. LeShawn Parker has been a security officer at Kingston High School for more than 11 years. A longtime Kingston resident, Parker is a 1989 Kingston graduate and has two teenage children enrolled in the district. His wife, Yvonne, teaches math at Kingston High.

Parker began his career working with children as a youth aide at the Brookwood Secure Center, a maximum security youth facility in Claverack. His work centered not just on keeping youth safe, but offering therapeutic crisis interventions for the young inmates.

He says he is up to the challenge of his new position. “We can’t be afraid to explain the ‘why’ behind the rules. For me, it’s all about being an example, and an open book.” 

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DiNapoli: Tax Cap May Require Hard Choices of Some School Districts

Property tax levy growth for school districts will be capped at 0.12 percent above current levels for the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to data released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The latest calculation affects the tax cap calculations for 677 school districts as well as 10 cities, including the “Big Four” cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers.
“The nearly zero growth in the tax cap will limit budget options for school and municipal officials as they plan for next year,” said DiNapoli. “Although some local governments can rely on available reserve funds to bridge the gap, others may need to take a hard look at operations to find ways to cut costs to stay under the cap.”
The tax cap, which first applied to local governments beginning in 2012, limits tax levy increases to the lesser of the rate of inflation or 2 percent with certain exceptions, including a provision that allows school districts to override the cap with 60 percent voter approval of their budget.

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Upcoming Events

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NYS School Facilities Legislative Update Webinar

Friday, February 12, 3:30pm

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

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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Association Headquarters
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Albany, New York 12205
518.465.0563 phone
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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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