December 13, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 Academy Class

Seventy-three facility management professionals attended the School Facilities Managers’ Academy held on December 5-6 in the Rita Lashway Training Center at the NYS School Boards Association in Latham, NY. Attendees in both academies took time from their busy schedules to participate in SFMI’s premier professional development training. (see Academy photos here)

The Managers’ Academy was geared for facilities directors and staff new to the field or needing a refresher course on a broad range of facilities management topics. This year’s topics and speakers featured: 
  • Health & Safety Regulatory Review and Update – Peter La Duca, Executive Manager, Health & Safety Training and Information Services, BOCES-Nassau County
  • Administration & Compliance: All Hazard School Emergency Planning – Jonathan Harks, Safety & Administrative Support Manager, Eastern Suffolk BOCES
  • Administration & Compliance: School Fire Safety Inspections – Ben Stevens, Fire Protection Specialist, Town of Colonie
  • Budget & Finance – Debra Eichholtz, School Business Administrator, Onondaga Central School District
  • Personnel Issues – Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo, PC
  • School Energy Management: Solving Tomorrow's Problems Today – Alwyn John, Energy Manager, TST BOCES
  • School Facilities Management Technical & Systems Compliance – Rosanne Groff, RA, Coordinator, Office of Facilities Planning, NYS Education Department
Security & Emergency Management Academy
The Security and Emergency Management Academy featured industry experts exploring best practices in keeping their schools at the forefront of emergency planning.  This year’s topics and speakers featured: 
  • Civil Response to Active Shooters – Ryan Bentley, Investigator, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)
  • Emergency Response Table Top Exercise – Peter La Duca, Executive Manager, Health & Safety Training and Information Services, BOCES-Nassau County
  • Preparing and Knowing What to Expect During a Water & Fire Emergency – Dan Hoosock, HSE Consulting Services, LLC, Lorraine White and Alan Diamond, Property Restoration, Inc.
  • Emergency Preparedness Best Practices in Building an Effective Partnership with County Managers – Chris Jensen, Hazardous Materials Coordinator, Fire & Emergency Department, Rockland County and Kelly Paslow, Director of Public Safety, Department of Public Safety, Rensselaer County
  • Emergency Preparedness Best Practices Table Top Exercise – Chris Jensen, Hazardous Materials Coordinator, Fire & Emergency Department, Rockland County and Kelly Paslow, Director of Public Safety, Department of Public Safety, Rensselaer County
  • Safety & Security: A Profile of the Security Solutions Working in NYS K-12 Facilities – Derek McManus, Vice President of Business Development, Day Automation Systems
Scholarship Recipients in Attendance
SFMI appreciates the support of NYSIR, Utica National, the North Country Chapter and NYSSFA for providing Academy scholarships to members in good standing. Joining us were:

Richard Mills Scholarship recipient: Gordon Miller, Assistant Facilities Director of Poland Central School District, Central Chapter 

The North Country Chapter Scholarship recipients: Todd LaSage, Director of Facilities, Lyme Central School District and John Wilson, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, Hermon-DeKalb Central School District

New York State Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) Scholarship recipients:
  • John Hustedt, Director of Facilities III, South Huntington UFSD Suffolk Chapter
  • Shaun Lawrence, Director of Facilities II, Franklin Essex Hamilton BOCES, North Country Chapter 
  • Sean St. John, Building Maintenance-Mechanic, Cincinnatus Central School District, Mid-State Chapter 
  • Brian Trask, Director of Buildings and Grounds, Unatego Central School District, Northern Catskill Chapter
  • Emmett Urban, Director of Facilities III, Southampton Union Free School District, Suffolk Chapter 

Utica National Insurance Group Scholarship recipients:
  • Jason Compo, Director of Facilities II, Watertown City School District, North Country Chapter
  • James Hart, Director of Facilities I, Forestville Central School District, Chautauqua Chapter
  • Gary Mulvaney, Jr., Director of Facilities II, Moravia Central School, Central Chapter
  • Bill O'Reilly, Assistant Director of Facilities and Operations, Queensbury Central School District, Capital District Chapter
  • Mike Oyer, Director of Facilities II, Avoca Central School District, Southern Finger Lakes Chapter
Thank You, Sponsors!
SFMI thanks our sponsors for supporting the Academy. Through their support, facilities professionals received two days of training that addressed the latest information needed to create and maintain high-performing learning environments for K-12 students, faculty and staff.

Program Sponsors

Cocktail Reception Sponsor
2018 Committee Chairs Announced

NYSSFA President Mike Coghlan, CDF recently announced the following  Committee Chairs for 2018:

Keith Watkins, CDF, Chair, Accreditation & Corporate Liaison Committees
David Martin, CDF, Chair, Bylaws Committee
Keith Langlotz, Chair, Energy Committee
John Wisniewski, CDF, and Marty Abrams, Co-Chairs, Facilities Assessment Committee
Elliot Garcia, Chair, Legislative Committee
Brian Bentley, CDF, Chair, Membership & Chapter Leadership Committees
Kim Parahus, Chair, Professional Matters Committee
Wayne Wideman, CDF, Chair, Finance Committee

WANT TO PARTICIPATE ON A COMMITTEE? Just drop us an email and let us know, info@nyssfa.com. Committee chairs will be reaching out to schedule meetings soon!
And The Winner Is...

NYSSFA and SFMI are pleased to announce that the winner of the Booth Decor Contest at October's Conference & Expo is Nickerson Corp., which took our Dr. Seuss theme to a new level!

Nickerson will receive a complimentary booth at next year's Conference & Expo, to be held September 30-October 3, 2018 in Saratoga Springs.

Watch your email for early registration details!
Warwick Voters OK $10.8 Million in Upgrades

Voters in the Warwick School District approved a $10.8 million package of upgrades Thursday to be done at the district’s four schools, including a new media center for the middle school and air conditioning at 88-year-old Park Avenue Elementary School.

The vote was 582-160.

The building project voters OK’d last Thursday includes classroom upgrades and a $150,000 track resurfacing at the high school. At Sanfordville Elementary School, the district’s other elementary building, projects include repaving the parking lot and installing a new cafeteria floor.

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Rochester Prep Leaving Troubled Location

Rochester Prep High School will move to 1001 Lake Ave., the former Nazareth Academy, for the rest of the school year, and possibly 2018-19 as well.

It will share that space with Exploration Academy Charter School for Science and Technology, an elementary school in its first year of operation.

The school’s former home stands on a former Bausch+Lomb manufacturing site that was designated a brownfield in 2009 due to the presence of trichloroethylene, a carcinogenic chemical solvent that leaked from underground storage tanks. There have been extensive remediation efforts over the last decade and state and local health and environmental officials all agree it is safe for students and staff.

Those assurances have failed to quell protests from students, staff members, families and even Mayor Lovely Warren. Scores of Rochester Prep students walked out of class last week and many have stayed away since.
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Bethlehem School Sign Dispute May Go Back to Court

The state's highest court may soon be called to solve a debate that's been raging in the town of Bethlehem for more than two and a half years.

And like all good debates, it involves an electronic road sign and local zoning law.

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school district is gearing up to appeal an appellate court decision issued last week that said the use of the sign outside one of its elementary schools is subject to local zoning laws and must be removed.

The district, however, says the town has no jurisdiction over the sign, which has stood dark outside A.W. Becker Elementary School since 2015 — or over any structure erected on or near school property. Such jurisdiction falls squarely to the state Education Department, and always has, it says.
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School Quality Index Measures More Than Test Scores

What are the elements that make up a good school?

Ask children, parents or educators, and they'll list a host of factors: teachers and administrators who care about their students; children and parents who take pride in the community; high quality instruction and an array of extracurricular activities. Don't forget the cafeteria food.

The New York School Quality Index — exclusive to the USA Today Network — attempts to capture measures of a school's environment that don't necessarily show up in test scores or graduation rates. The best schools, by this measure, are not those with the highest passage rates on standardized tests, but those that both children and adults find to be pleasant places to spend their weekdays.

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