January 17, 2018

Nassau Chapter Celebrates the Holidays by Helping Others

On Friday, December 15, 2017, the Nassau Chapter held its annual Holiday party at the Fox Hollow Restaurant.  In attendance were more than 270 participants, the largest turnout ever. Kim Parahus, NYSSFA Second Vice President, presided over the administration of the oath of office for the 2018 chapter officers. 

Every year, participants are asked to bring new gifts, which are placed under the Christmas tree and donated to the less fortunate through St. Christopher-Ottilie Family of Services.  In addition, DVDs are requested and forwarded by the USO to our troops. The generosity of our members was overwhelming!

In attendance again this year was one of the USO troop performers, Schyler Conaway, who graciously sang several songs to the audience, the highlight of which was his rendition of our national anthem.

In the spirit of giving, the chapter presented checks to the USO, St. Christopher-Ottilie and the widow of Anthony Quercia, an active facilities director who died suddenly this past year. A secretaries’ raffle, along with a general raffle, added to the festivities.

Michael Coghlan, CDF, NYSSFA President, was a welcome guest who shared current happenings regarding our state association.
The chapter also recognized and presented a pocket watch to two directors who had just retired. 

Poinsettias were provided to all the female attendees and a multi-tool with the chapter’s logo was chosen by the Holiday Party Committee as this year’s gift from the chapter to all attendees.

Committee Chairs Jim O’Beirne and Dennis Sheridan truly deserve acknowledgement for all of their hard work and dedication to making this event so successful each and every year!
Advocacy Day Registration is Open!

Make your voice heard! Join leaders from the New York State School Facilities Association on Tuesday, March 6 to advocate for school facilities. 

Each year the NYSSFA leadership joins our Legislative representatives at Hinman Straub to meet with New York State Legislators to educate them on the issues that are affecting our schools. Save the date for a webinar to prepare you on the issues and talking points on Friday, February 16 at 2 p.m.

Take this opportunity to support school facilities in NYS. Legislators need to hear a unified message from our members -- register now!
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Frewsburg Board Adds to Capital Project

The Frewsburg Central School board of education has received an update  on the capital project that began last spring.

The primary work of the capital project involved the renovation and upgrades to the auditorium, the bleachers, the press box, science classrooms, high school offices and air conditioning in classrooms. The project allowed for the budgeting of four alternate projects if the total budget had enough room for the additions. 

The district, according to Jerome Lee Yaw, administrative team member, will be able to complete three of the four alternate projects. They include new lockers for the first and second floors and the installation of additional air conditioners for select classrooms. The total cost for the project is $5.6 million.
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Schenectady May Need $6.8M to Maintain Student Services

The Schenectady city school district will need $6.8 million just to offer students the same level of services next year as they got this year, according to preliminary budget figures presented last week to the school board.

That amounts to a 2.7 percent increase in spending, compared with the current year, and the figure represents the district’s "rollover budget," defined as the amount needed to absorb growing teacher pay, retirement contributions, health care and other expenses without adding anything new for students.

“This is showing $6.8 million in order to provide the existing service we have now, so if we were to get $10 million extra, that really only represents $3.2 million more that we can do something with,” school board member Cathy Lewis said.
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Glens Falls District Officials Make Case for Land Buy

School officials are trying to make a case the district needs to buy a piece of property next to the bus garage, despite its reputation as a “walking district.”

The school board held a public hearing last week  on its proposal to buy a 1.3-acre parcel at 35 Glenwood Ave. in Queensbury at a cost of $240,000, plus closing costs and expenses. A vote on the proposition will take place on Jan. 23.

Joe Cutshall-King, who owns property inside the district and attended the hearing, said he had difficulty understanding how many buses are needed when students are not bused to and from school.

Superintendent Paul Jenkins clarified that the district buses special education students and homeless students every day. By law, school districts also must bus students who had been attending Glens Falls but are living outside the district because of exigent circumstances, such as a fire or a family situation.
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New Curriculum Addresses Mental Health

Most states have laws mandating health education in primary and secondary schools, but New York will be the first to emphasize mental health instruction for all grades. The move follows legislation signed into law in 2016 and slated to take effect in July 2018, in time for the new school year.

Mental health education had already been part of the New York’s curriculum, but it had been lumped into the category of “other required health areas.”

“As a general rule, many schools throughout New York state are not teaching students about mental health even though the regulatory definition recognizes it as part of health education,” says John Richter, director of public policy at the Mental Health Association in New York State.

As a result, he says, “The reality of when most mental illnesses begin is obscured from our view because most of us don’t recognize the signs and symptoms when they appear, ignore them, or mistakenly confuse them with other characteristics of adolescence, such as changes associated with puberty.”

The new curriculum will help students and teachers recognize the signs of a potential problem, and reduce the associated stigma. 
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March 6, 2018 | Albany

SFMI Critical Issues Summit
March 7, 2018 | Albany

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March 12-14, 2018 | Atlantic City, NJ

Leadership Weekend
May 3-5, 2018 | Watkins Glen  

NYSSFA Presentation at NYSASBO Conference
June 5, 2018 | Saratoga Springs

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