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The Fred Hack Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of one of the founders of the Association who served as the first and long-time Executive Director.

Each year up to six children of Active or Affiliate members receive $1,500 in college scholarships.  This competitive scholarship is available to students pursuing full-time studies leading to an Associate or Bachelor's degree at any accredited post-secondary school.

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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.

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Critical Issues Summit on March 10th

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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Students Get Close-Up Look at Medical Career

Some members of health care’s next generation are still in high school, but already they have witnessed the birth of babies, removal of gall bladders and amputation of toes.

The Pre-University/New Visions Health program offered by Ulster BOCES provides high-performing high school seniors the chance to experience the health care profession before attending college and committing to medical school. Through this competitive program, students spend three days a week in a clinical setting, one day in class discussing what they experienced during their clinicals, and one day taking English and political science classes for college credit.

Dina Navara, a nurse educator and registered nurse who runs the program, said, “The goal of this class is to introduce health care topics and career exploration in health care.”  She said topics covered include infection control, legalities and ethics, human body and disease, and public health and advocacy.

The students also participate in volunteer projects, including raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association, Navara said. 

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Ogdensburg District using Grant Funds for Tech Upgrades

Ogdensburg City School District officials will begin purchasing new computer hardware and security cameras in the coming months, paid for with a portion of $2,264,871 received through the state’s Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014.

The bond act, approved by voters in a statewide referendum in November 2014, authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance technology and related infrastructure improvements in schools across the state.

Ogdensburg School Superintendent Timothy M. Vernsey said he expects the money to be parceled out over the next three to six years. Early investments will include $134,000 for improving Wi-Fi speed and capabilities within the district’s campus buildings and another $100,000 to purchase new laptops and laptop carts. In addition, the district is planning a $400,000 investment in new security features that will include the purchase of as many as 100 cameras to improve coverage of the buildings and athletic fields.

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Cleveland Hill English Classroom Goes Paperless

Sarah Krajewski, a ninth-grade English teacher at Cleveland Hill High School in Cheektowaga, says her students are doing better since her classroom went all digital. “Right now I only have two students that are at risk of failing the year. Typically it’s about 15,” Krajewski said.

In a paperless classroom, assignments are completed and submitted digitally. Students still read books. The content is the same. It’s just a different method of delivery. Students use laptops to complete assignments in class and out of class.

Krajewski uses an interactive board at the front of her classroom to go through assignments, stay on top of books and more. This is the first full-time class at Cleveland Hill to go totally paperless.

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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
www.sbga.org l info@sbga.org

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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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