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    November 29, 2017

A Sad Farewell to an Association Founder

It is with great sadness that we share the news of J. Clarence Sebring, past President and one of the founding fathers of our State Association. 

Clarence died peacefully with his family close on Thursday, November 16. This date was significant as it was the 72nd wedding anniversary of Clarence and his late wife, Wanda (Kenyon) Sebring. 

Clarence lived his entire life in the Dundee area and was the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for the Dundee Central School. His life was full of inventions, airplane flying, assisting anyone in need of a mechanical fix, performing vocal music, and a huge sense of humor. 


A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring, on a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to either the Dundee Baptist Church, 20 Seneca Street, Dundee, NY 14837 or the Tyrone Volunteer Ambulance Corp., P.O. Box 69, Tyrone, NY 14887.
 
Mid-Hudson Chapter Hosts Local Legislators

On Friday, November 17, the Mid-Hudson Chapter hosted local representatives from the NYS Assembly and Senate. In attendance were Assemblyman James Skoufis, Amanda Casella from Senator Sue Serino’s office and Anne Barnhart from Assemblyman Brian Miller’s office.

The group discussed the following topics and how they affect individual districts:
  • Building Condition Surveys 
  • Increasing the cost threshold for school construction projects
  • Dedicated funds for maintenance
  • Support for the NYSED Office of Facilities Management
  • Gratitude for representatives' support of the BOCES Capital Expenditures bill.
We encourage all Chapters to host similar meetings to carry our message forward to their representatives. Our friends at Hinman Straub are available to help set up the appointments. For information, please contact Association Headquarters at 518.465.0563 or email info@nyssfa.com
Roda Recognized for Excellence in Administration

Dave Roda, Director of Facilities III for Minisink Valley School District, was recently recognized by the Mid-Hudson School Study Council for Excellence in Administration. A quote from Dave's nomination letter read, “Our district owes much to David Roda’s understated yet steady leadership, and his commitment to the highest standards of service. During the past 10 years, Mr. Roda oversaw six major building projects, including the constructions of a brand new elementary school. He seamlessly manages and motivates his staff to exceed expectations, while working successfully with outside contractors. He is key to our ability to maintain safe and reliable infrastructure throughout our campuses, and to the overall success of our district.”

The Council aims to accomplish this purpose through the cooperative study of common educational problems, the effective diffusion of educational practices, and the stimulation of active participation of school boards, administrators, teachers, pupils, and laypersons in educational planning and activity.

 
Southwestern Central Project Goes to Voters

Southwestern Central School District will hold a vote for a 2017 Capital Improvements Project on Dec. 12. Prior to the vote, a public hearing explaining the project will be held on Dec. 5 at Southwestern Central School in the board of education room.

In total, the proposed project will cost $13,902,913 made up of facility renovations and an Energy Performance Contract that accounts for $1.3 million of the total cost.

The Energy Performance Contract proposal is designed to reduce energy costs within the district. Renovations under the Energy Performance Contract include: upgraded lights to LED lighting; pump and motor replacements; boiler improvements; and installing a swimming pool cover. The district said the Energy Performance Contract will reduce energy costs to the district while adding state aid.

Other renovations include upgrades to the high school, middle school, elementary school and the bus garage.
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Cornwall Voters to Decide Fate of $44.4M in Improvements

Cornwall school officials say a proposed capital project will better prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace, replace aging bathrooms and other infrastructure and bring artificial turf fields to the middle and high schools.

District residents will decide the fate of the $44.4 million project Dec. 5.

The project will be financed with a bond issue that will be repaid over 15 years. State aid would reimburse the district for $29.28 million.

An average home with a full market value of $250,000 would pay an additional $217 in property taxes each year.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) innovation centers would be built at the middle and high schools. STEAM is a 21st century approach to learning that requires more flexible space where students learn to think critically and solve problems by collaborating on projects in those five subject areas.

Almost $3.9 million would be spent on the two centers.
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Sackets Harbor Capital Project Moving Forward

The $7.9 million school capital project approved by Sackets Harbor voters in May is moving forward as planned.

“It includes a lot of essential work. It’s very no frills,” said school Superintendent Jennifer L. Gaffney.
The district’s most recent capital project, completed in 2009, replaced athletic fields and equipment and updated school security.

A third of the money, about $2.6 million, is slated to be used for building maintenance like refinishing the gym floor and replacing lockers, windows and flooring.

An additional $1.8 million will be spent on heating, ventilation and air conditioning in the school building and bus garage.

The district plans to replace the ventilation system and roof in its bus garage, and plumbing and exterior improvements are also planned for the main building.
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Mindfulness Room Helps Kids Cope With Stress, Trauma

The kindergartner wouldn’t walk, wouldn’t talk and wouldn’t stop screaming.

So Greg Johnson scooped her up and brought her into his school’s new room where she let off some steam bouncing on the small trampoline in the corner.

“Three jumps later, she stopped screaming and started talking,” recalled Johnson, principal at the George E. Blackman School of Excellence in Buffalo.

“We figured out what was wrong and talked about what to do next time that happens -- all while bouncing. Seven minutes later, she was smiling and back in class.”

The school district calls the new venue a "mindfulness" room and it’s one of the new strategies that schools, like George Blackman, are rolling out to help address behavioral problems, resolve conflicts, reduce suspensions and teach kids how to cope with the stress and emotional trauma that so many bring with them into the classroom.
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