January 3, 2018

Mid-State Chapter Welcomes Coghlan, Evans

The Mid-State Chapter held its annual holiday meeting at the Welch Allyn Lodge and welcomed more than 90 attendees. In attendance were Chapter members, School Superintendents, School Business Officials, BOCES Health & Safety personnel and numerous retirees from more than 25 school districts and three BOCES. SFA President Mike Coghlan, CDF and Government Relations Representative Heather Evans from Hinman Straub did a special presentation. This meeting always has great value as it gives Superintendents and Business Officials a chance to see the benefits of their DOFs being active in the local SFA Chapter and witness the kind of tangible and timely information shared. The day ended with an amazing lunch and continued networking among new and old friends.  

The Mid-State Chapter thanks its Business Partners for their support and for attending this meeting: Day Automation, Hillyard NY, Hunt Architects Engineers & Surveyors, Qware, C&S Companies and Property Restoration, Inc. The Mid-State Chapter wishes all NYSSFA members and supporting friends a very happy new year!
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NYSED Office of Facilities Planning to Close Temporarily Next Week

The Office of Facilities Planning will be moving into temporary space the week of January 8, 2018 in preparation for a final move to permanent space at a future date. The office will be temporarily closed on January 10 and 11, 2018 while staff are moved into a temporary location. Due to the effort needed to move the office, please carefully read the following new procedures:
  1. FASCIMILE: The office will not be able to accept documents sent via fax after December 29, 2017.
    - Letter of Intent (LOI) Forms: Submit PDF copies of LOI forms to letterofintent@nysed.gov
    - General Information: Submit general information that may have previously been sent to our office via fax to emscfp@nysed.gov
  2. PROJECT SUBMISSIONS: School districts and their design professionals are requested to hold project submissions until the week of January 15, 2018. Please do not send project submissions to be delivered to the office the week of January 8, 2018. The mail will not be delivered during the transition.
  3. PHONE CALLS: It is expected there will be no phone service available to the office on January 10 and 11, 2018. Some staff may be able to intermittently monitor their work phone numbers and may be able to respond to some messages left on voice mail during this time, but this may be limited. If you have an emergency and need to reach the office, please contact the Office of Educational Management Services at 518.474.6541.
  4. EMAIL: It is expected there will be no email service available to the office on January 10 and 11. Staff may be able to intermittently monitor their work email and may be able to respond to some email during this time, but this may be limited. If you have an emergency and need to reach our office, please contact the Office of Educational Management Services at 518.474.6541.
  5. MAIL: The temporary address for the office will be as follows. Please make sure all mail is addressed to this new address for delivery on or after January 15, 2018:
    New York State Education Department
    Office of Facilities Planning
    89 Washington Avenue
    Room 360 EBA
    Albany, NY 12234
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Buffalo Plans Big Changes to North Park School

North Park, one of Buffalo’s stronger neighborhoods, has good housing stock, lots of middle-class families and a bustling business corridor along Hertel Avenue.

It also has a public school – one that only a handful of kids from the neighborhood choose to attend.

Now there’s a move afoot to fix that.

Buffalo Public Schools has set out to “reclaim” the North Park neighborhood and woo those families with some big changes for its school on Parkside Avenue: North Park Middle Academy.

It is being phased out as a middle school for grades 5 to 8 and, instead, will serve students in grades Pre-K through 8, as the younger grade levels are phased in starting next school year.
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Fredonia Voters Approve Capital Project

The proposed $8.5 million capital project for Fredonia Central School District passed by a 297-144 vote.

The project is set to begin 2019 and has no local tax impact as 95 percent will be eligible for state funding.

Improvements will go toward maintenance, parking lots, athletic fields and school buildings.

For the athletic fields, there will be drainage work to eliminate flooding issues with asphalt walkways connecting the parking lots to the fields. There will also be a bathroom facility at the building.

The gymnasium will receive new bleachers in the high school and the installation of a girls team room, which was a Title IX issue.
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Tracking Late Buses: There’s An App for That

Starting next year, parents in the Albany City School District may finally be able to see where their children are when the school bus is running late.

District officials confirmed last month that a new bus-tracking GPS app will roll out at four schools starting after the holiday break, more than a week after members of the school board expressed frustration with the bus vendor that development of the app had taken so long.

"If I can track an Uber driver through a free app on my phone, they should be able to do this," said board member Sridar Chittur. "I don't care who they have to hire, but they should be able to do it."

The board is eager to get the app up and running -- especially for parents of the district's youngest students, who have complained for over a year about late bus arrival times and a lack of communication from the district when buses are behind schedule.
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Cuomo to Propose ‘Lunch Shaming’ Ban, Expanded Breakfast

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week he will propose legislation to ban so-called school lunch "shaming" and increase access to breakfast at high-need schools as part of a student hunger platform in his State of the State agenda.

Cuomo will seek a law that would prohibit any public act to humiliate a student who cannot afford a lunch and ban alternative lunches — such as a cold cheese sandwich — for students who can’t pay for the same lunch others receive beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

For schools in which more than 70 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, the governor also wants to require breakfast be provided after the school day has begun, rather than before the first bell rings. Cuomo’s office said that a "Breakfast After the Bell" program in Newburgh increased breakfast participation rates by more than 100 percent after it was implemented during the 2015-16 school year.
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