December 6, 2017

The Challenges Have Never Been Tougher; 
The Need Has Never Been Greater

Our Association's accreditation programs enable SFA Members to broaden their knowledge, sharpen their skills and achieve milestones that can move their careers forward. Through accreditation, you prove or gain competencies across the spectrum of facility issues — from personnel management and technical systems to facilities management, safety and codes.

SFMI offers programs for both DOF and Affiliate members.  The Certified Director of Facilities (CDF) program is for those members currently working as a Director of Facilities in a public school district in New York State. The Affiliate Development Program offers basic and advanced certifications for members currently working in a supportive role within a school facilities department.

Click here to learn more about accreditation, or contact Mike Cocca at 518.465.0563.
Southern Finger Lakes Chapter Hosts Local Legislators

On November 21, the Southern Finger Lakes Chapter held its monthly meeting at the Ernie Davis Community Room in Elmira. The purpose of this meeting was to meet with local lawmakers as suggested by Hinman-Straub during the State Conference to present concerns for local school districts and BOCES. Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Chris Friend were present. Also in attendance were 12 Chapter members along with three vendors. 

Members present included Michael Dunn, Elmira City SD; Michael Coghlan, NYSSFA President/Horseheads CSD; Brian Bentley, SFMI Chair/ GST BOCES; Dave Pitcher, State Director/TST BOCES; Stephen Kenyon, Canaserga CSD; Craig Griffin,TST BOCES; Joe Pollinger,Arkport CSD; Dominic Insogna, Elmira CSD; Bob Wilson, Campbell-Savona CSD; Tim Gilbert, GST BOCES; and Todd VanHouten, Elmira Heights CSD. Vendors in attendance were Jim Mayo, Sanico; Joe O’Hara, Camfil Filters; and Derek McManus, Day Automation.

The Chapter thanks Heather Evans from Hinman Straub for her support in arranging this meeting. 

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
Delay in State Funding Approval Has Schenectady Thinking Bigger

Schenectady school officials are pulling back a $900,000 plan to buy computers and other technology -- which has been awaiting state approval for over 18 months -- to instead outline over $9 million in purchases.

Over 18 months ago, the Schenectady school board adopted a plan to spend part of its nearly $9.4 million Smart Schools allocation of state technology funds. The initial plan aimed to outfit the district’s new middle schools, which opened at the start of last school year, with computers, projectors, laptops and other technology basics.

Since it had yet to win state approval to begin purchases with Smart Schools money, the district went ahead and made some of the computer purchases from its own budget before students returned to school last year.

Schenectady continued to pursue approval for those purchases until last month, going back and forth with state officials three times for more than a year, Schenectady Superintendent Larry Spring said.

But now district officials are pulling back from the initial request and planning a broader outline of how all of its funds would be spent in the coming years, Spring said.

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Rhinebeck Considering Indoor Security Cameras

The Rhinebeck school district is considering installing security video cameras inside its school buildings.

“School safety teams are proposing adding security cameras inside our buildings,” Board of Education member Mark Fleischhauer said last week. “We’ve had outside cameras for years but no cameras inside the buildings. The proposal would be to install cameras in common areas of the schools, like cafeterias and hallways, where adult eyes might not be on what’s happening in that area.”

Fleischhauer said there have been several incidents in the high school in which video footage could have been beneficial. He said administrators “outlined several occurrences where video might have been helpful when a situation occurred to determine what actually happened.”

Indoor cameras also could help identify issues that cause alarms to go off overnight, district officials said.
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South Lewis Project Would Create Single Campus

South Lewis Central School District officials on Wednesday turned back the clock more than 50 years while promoting a $44.26 million capital project that would shift the district to a single-campus model.

“I think it’s important to understand and respect our history,” District Superintendent Douglas E. Premo told roughly 70 people at an informational session at Glenfield Elementary School.

District officials are proposing to put a 74,900-square-foot, two-story elementary addition on the south side of the middle-high school and an 1,100-square-foot addition on the wood-chip biomass boiler building, upgrade all buildings on the Turin campus and develop new athletic fields, parking, access roads and a concessions building with restrooms. If undertaken, the project would ultimately result in the closure of the district’s two remaining elementary school buildings in Glenfield and Port Leyden.

Premo equated this proposal to the 1960 decision to centralize the district, noting the project vote will likely determine “what the next 50 to 60 years of South Lewis is going to look like.”
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State Campaign Targets Chronic Absenteeism

The State Council on Children and Families is taking steps to fight chronic absenteeism among students as part of the Every Student Present Campaign.

The campaign began in 2013, to “increase parental awareness about the detrimental impact of multiple absences from school,” said Monica L. Mahaffey of the Office of Children and Family Services. She said the campaign “aims to help school districts and communities raise awareness and develop strategies and supports for students and their families to reduce chronic absences.”

Every Student Present’s website indicates that 10 percent of students in New York state miss 10 percent or more of their school days, and the numbers are even higher for students in kindergarten and first grade. Forty percent of those younger students miss about a month of school.

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