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Register Today for NYSSFA's March 9th Advocacy Day

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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Join Us for SFMI's March 10th Critical Issues Summit

Do you know what to do if there is a violent incident at your school? Looking for the most up-to-date information from State Ed. on school facilities policy and regulations?  Join us March 10th for the most up-to-date information! 

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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LaFargeville Hosts Law Enforcement Officials

The LaFargeville Teachers Association hosted its first annual Law Enforcement Day, which was a huge success.  The LaFargeville Central School District partnered with representatives of the Department of Homeland Security, Park, Police, New York State Police and Jefferson County Sherrif's Department to reinforce and promote a positive relationship between the students and these departments.

The visitors interacted with the students through team-building activities, crafts and presentations.

Our Safety Committee also did a walk-through of our facilities with law enforcement officials who would be responding during an emergency.

The LTA received an amazing amount of positive feedback from our students, staff, law enforcement officials and community members.

We look forward to planning next year's event!

Submitted by Dave Reff, CDF
North Country Chapter State Director

Elementary School in Granville to Stay Open

Granville Central School District officials won’t close Mary J. Tanner School, as the community is dead set against that idea.  About 100 people attended a forum last week to express concern that the school for prekindergarten through third-grade students would be shuttered, and the district would go down to just two buildings.

In a report submitted last June, consultant Paul Seversky had said the district could save $667,000 in the first year, and at least that amount annually going forward by closing the building. School officials worried, however, that the district would have only 5 percent spare capacity in the elementary school.

Board President Audrey Hicks said closing the school was a worst-case scenario, if the district ran into financial difficulties, and not something district officials want to do.

Seversky said the district was under-utilizing its space by 33 percent, but Hicks said closing the school did not seem to be the best option.

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Albany High Overhaul on Hold Pending Appeal of Vote

The Albany city school board has agreed to table any action on a $180 million plan to rebuild the high school until the state education commissioner decides whether to consider a petition appealing the Feb. 9 vote outcome. 

The petition was filed last week by 27 city residents who asked Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to throw out the results of the district-run referendum, which passed by 189 votes amid widespread reports of crowding, confusion and delays at the polls.

In their appeal, residents also requested Elia order the Albany County Board of Elections to conduct a new vote.

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Indian River Seeks Voter Approval to Cover Shortfall

Indian River Central School District will ask voters to move more than $4.5 million from other funds to its capital project, which came in over budget.

Voters approved a three-phase, $33,211,700 capital project in January 2014. Since then, the final phase of the project became entangled in a bureaucratic web at the State Education Department. Many districts in New York have seen delays in approval of capital projects due to staff shortages for the Facilities Planning Board.

“We couldn’t award bids to contractors until the summer of 2015,” Indian River Superintendent James Kettrick said. “By that time, the costs for the project increased so phases one and two came in over budget. We had hoped to cover that with phase three.”

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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

2016 SFMI Conference and Expo
October 9-12, 2016
Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, 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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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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