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SFA Chapters Combine Winter Meeting

The Mid-State and Oswego Chapters combine winter meetings.  Despite heavy snowfall and school closings in Oswego, over 25 members gather to hear representatives from Camfil USA Inc.


Chapters combine resources and network with members from neighboring chapters.

Nassau Chapter Holiday Party Breaks Record

On December 18, the Nassau Chapter held its annual Holiday party at the Fox Hollow Restaurant with over 250 participants, their largest turnout ever.

Marty Abrams, SFA President, presided over the administration of the oath of office for 2016 chapter officers.  James O’Beirne, Executive Director, emceed the Holiday event.
Every year, participants are asked to bring new gifts which are placed under the Christmas tree and donated to the less fortunate serviced by St. Christopher-Ottilie Family of Services.  Additionally, DVD’s are requested and forwarded by the USO to our troops. The generosity expressed by those in attendance was overwhelming.

As in years past, one of the USO troop performers, Ms. Amanda Downey, serenaded the audience with several songs, which was highlighted by our national anthem.

In the spirit of giving, the Nassau Chapter presented checks to the USO, St. Christopher-Ottilie and the Miracle League of Long Island, which were graciously accepted by representatives present at the event.

The chapter also recognized and presented a pocket watch to a long-time member, Mr. Charles Abner who was retiring December 31, 2015.


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.

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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Bendit Resigning from Board of Regents

Charles Bendit will resign from the state’s education policymaking body this month, creating a surprise third opening on the Board of Regents and potentially allowing for a more radical shift of its ideology.

Bendit’s departure comes as the board is undergoing a seismic transition: both of the board’s leaders, Chancellor Merryl Tisch and Vice Chancellor Anthony Bottar, plan to step down in March, and four of the board’s 17 members were replaced last year. The openings have led to intense jockeying, as some 50 candidates have been vying to join the board.

The shakeup is part of a larger shift in state education policy away from a series of controversial changes spearheaded in part by Tisch, including teacher evaluations that use state test scores. On Monday, Bendit said his beliefs and ideals often aligned with Tisch’s, whereas many of the new members have made it clear that they favor policies that reduce the importance of testing.

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Close Vote on Albany High Project Prompts Calls for Review, Revote

Albany Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy and Mayor Kathy Sheehan are calling on the city’s school district to reach out to the State Education Department for a review of the trouble-plagued Feb. 9 vote on the $180 million proposal to build a new Albany High School — a process marked by locked doors, long lines and allegedly unsecured paper ballots.

The final tally approved the plan by 180 votes out of an estimated 7,900 cast.

The results of the vote, and the problems surrounding it, have also sparked calls for a revote, which would be the third one on the subject. In November, voters rejected a $196 million proposal to overhaul the high school. The one presented this month was a scaled-back, $180 million project that would have half the tax impact of the previous version.
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New Academy to Train Students for Agriculture Careers

Students in St. Lawrence and Lewis counties will learn about the agriculture business through a new public school program. The St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County will be offering an Agriculture Studies Academy for 12th-grade students.

During the year-long program, which begins this fall, students will learn skills to meet regents’ requirements while also learning computer applications in agriculture, agricultural business and management, communications and leadership, environmental and natural systems, food products and processing and plant and animal science.
The academy will be hosted at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Learning Farm in Canton, which the agency acquired in 1991.

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Students Share the Love with Meal on Wheel Recipients

Students in Maren Schiefen’s fourth-grade class at Big Flats Elementary School sent messages of love across Chemung County for Valentine’s Day.

The students spent 30 minutes of their writing workshop Feb. 8-10 cutting, gluing, writing and decorating valentines to be added to Meals on Wheels of Chemung County deliveries.

The project complements the district's "CHARACTER COUNTS!" initiative, in which students learn about respect, citizenship and caring.

Schiefen said this is the first year her class has created cards to give to Meals on Wheels, but they're not strangers to making cards. Her class of 15 or so students made cards for a Christmas military card drive.

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Upcoming Events

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
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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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