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There is still time to register for Friday's Webinar!

Our next program is an important Legislative Update Webinar, scheduled for February 12th at 3:30pm.   Please follow this linkto register.  This program will provide current information on state budget and other legislative news as well as prepare our members for Advocacy Day.  

Advocacy Day on March 9th

Register online here or download a brochure to get the details on the chance to deliver a unified message to the NYS Legislature about school facilities issues.


Webinar Series
Over 500 people participated in our School Facilities Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation Webinar.  It was a great collaboration between the Association and Carl Thurnau and his team at State Ed.  The webinar is posted on our website's homepage, as well as Carl's slides. We have forwarded the questions submitted during the webinar to Carl's team. They will provide us with answers in the next week or two.  At that time, we will email them to all of you.

SFA Job Bank
The Association has developed a new job bank as a resource for our members.  We are receiving an increased number of calls from schools and other organizations telling us about vacancies, and continuing to seek our guidance on the Directors of Facilities law/civil service process.  We would like to be a resource to our school communities and, more importantly, to you by having job opportunities available on our website. Please let us know of openings by simply dropping an email to Association Headquarters at info@sbga.org.  Know of someone looking for a new position?  Please direct them to our website as a resource, 

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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School’s Destruction, Recovery Chronicled in Short Video

The struggles students, staff and administration in the Owego-Apalachin Central School District underwent after the flood of Sept. 7, 2011, destroyed Owego Elementary School – and their excitement at entering the brand-new school – have been captured in a new documentary. 

The 10-minute video, which is available on Youtube, includes images of the destruction caused by the flood and interviews with officials about the district's recovery.
The video was produced primarily by a team from Broome-Tioga BOCES' communications service to document and share the school's destruction, the perseverance of all those associated with the school and the construction process of the modern new building, which opened to students Jan. 6.
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Niagara Wheatfield Considers Moving Administrative Offices

Niagara Wheatfield Central School District officials are considering relocating the central business office back to the same parcel it occupied years ago as part of the upcoming capital project. But this time it will be in a different building.

Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich said that as a cost-saving measure, the board is investigating the relocation of its administrative business offices from the district building on Schultz Street to vacant space at West Street Elementary School.

Students would still be in the school receiving classroom instruction while the administrative staff would occupy a wing in the back south section of West Street, according to the plan, he said. These same classrooms were ones the school district leased to the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Even with the business offices on West Street, the school still would have additional space for classes if the need arose, Ljiljanich explained. 

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Kids Get By With a Little Help From Their Buddies

 “It’s not where you come from, it’s where you’re going.”

That’s what Pete Dworetsky and three of his co-workers at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in Allsburg are teaching a group of behaviorally, academically and socially at-risk students in their Friday morning Buddies program.

In his 15 years at the school, Dworetsky, a math specialist, has observed many students who struggle to find a sense of belonging at school, who may come from difficult family situations or have behavior problems, and he wanted to develop an extracurricular program that would help those kids. When he submitted his proposal for the Buddies program, principal Mary Kate Stinehour said she knew it could fill a need for their at-risk kids.

A typical Friday morning starts with the 15-20 first- through sixth-grade students sharing something positive that happened in the last week. The hour-long program is goal-focused and introspective. Each week students set a new goal and reflect on whether they met last week’s goal. Self-reflection is probably the most important aspect of Buddies, Dworetsky said.

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Upcoming Events

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 Critical 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
136 Everett Road
Albany, New York 12205
518.465.0563 phone
518.465.0579 fax
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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