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The growth of SFA happens one new member at a time. That's why it is important that every SFA member connect with a not-yet-member and bring them in as a new SFA member.

Help build a stronger, better SFA.  Direct a prospective member to our website (www.sbga.org) and get connected!


Register Today for the Critical Issues Summit!

Disaster Preparation for Public Schools in Today’s Uncertain Climate & NYSED Department of Office of Facilities Planning Policy, Procedures and Regulatory Critical Issues Update

Thursday, March 10th, 9 am–3:30 pm
NYSED Building, Chancellors Hall 
89 Washington Avenue (Corner of North Hawk Street and Washington Avenue)
Albany, NY

Register online here or download the brochure with registration form.

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Schuylerville Elementary Is State’s Green Ribbon Nominee

New York State has nominated Schuylerville Elementary School in Saratoga County for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) program. NYS SFA Treasurer Peter Riggi, CDF, is Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for the Schuylerville district.
The program recognizes schools where staff, students, officials and communities have worked together to produce energy-efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments and to ensure the environmental literacy of graduates.  The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices proven to result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide goal to increase energy independence and economic security.
Honorees of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools competition will be announced by Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. on Earth Day, Friday, April 22.
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GST BOCES Offers High-Tech Program for Selected Students

Greater Southern Tier BOCES will put a $3 million state grant to work by providing a new high-tech learning opportunity for select students in the GST region.
P-TECH, which stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School partnership, will provide a new means of delivering instruction to allow students to earn a high school diploma and associate's degree at no cost. Graduates also will be given preference for job placements with P-TECH corporate mentors, according to a news release.
P-TECH curricula will include career-oriented, project-based instruction with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM. Instruction will be offered in a non-traditional classroom setting to encourage student creativity and problem-solving skills.
A new P-TECH school will open in the fall for the 2016-17 school year with about 40 ninth-grade students. Jeremy Wheeler, who previously served as BOCES STEM staff development supervisor, has been named P-TECH principal.

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Students Getting More Time for State Tests

The State tests aren’t going away, but starting this spring, they’ll be shorter and students will have more time to finish them.
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said those are part of major changes in the assessments, which critics say have been poorly designed.

“I heard from parents across this state, and from teachers, that part of the stresses we had on our kids was that they were timed,” she said. “If they are working productively, then they will be able to continue the assessments in a setting where they can read, comprehend and respond to the question.”
Letting students take longer than the allotted limit is one of the changes being made to the tests this year, the commissioner told a state Legislature joint budget hearing in Albany.
They won’t be as long, either.
The English language arts and math assessments in grades three through eight have been shortened this year, but they still will be given over three days, Elia said.
“Next year, if possible, we will shorten the days,” she said.


Position Open at Saratoga Springs City Center

The Saratoga Springs City Center, a multipurpose convention facility, is accepting applications for the position of Senior Building Supervisor/Building Engineer. This is a senior, working supervisory position, which includes facility engineering, operation and management, and supervision over maintenance, cleaning and event staff.
The position requires availability for all shifts at all times; possible 7 days per week.  Basic required skills include:

  • Employee scheduling
  • Cleaning/maintenance best practices
  • Experience with systems management, Lutron Lighting, Simplex Fire Annunciators, HVAC Trane Tracer System
  • Competency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Working knowledge of electronic drafting, VISIO or CAD.
  • Proven positive employee management skills
  • Demonstrated ability in professional spoken and written communications with staff and clients/guests
  • A “hospitality focused” personality with the ability to deal with the public and convention guests

Applicants must have a minimum of a high-school diploma or equivalent or five years of related industry experience.
Interested applicants should submit resumes, work history and salary history to Mark E. Baker, President, at markb@saratogacitycenter.org no later than February 15. No phone calls, please.


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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

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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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