January 24, 2018

Mid-Hudson Chapter and NYSASBO Host Joint Luncheon

The Mid-Hudson Chapter hosted its annual joint NYSASBO/NYSSFA luncheon on December 22 at Coppola’s in Hyde Park. Due to inclement weather, attendance was a bit lower than expected, but a total of  51 business officials, directors of facilities and business partners joined in the event. Rosanne  Groff, Coordinator of NYSED's Office of Facilities and Planning was the guest speaker via Skype. She relayed the latest news such has moving their office, new project submissions process, revised maximum cost allowance calculation procedure, building aid units for science and STEM, fire reports and smart school bonds act. Rosanne also emphasized that it’s all about the students. The event was a huge success with  good food, good fun and good information.
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Officals, Advocates Fear Schools Will Lose Under Cuomo Budget

New York education officials and advocates aren't embracing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2019 state budget, even as it proposes a 3 percent or $769 million hike in state aid to schools this coming school year.
That's because the state's major education organizations predicted school districts would need much more — an extra $1.5 billion — just to maintain programs and services next year. The Board of Regents, which sets education policy in the state, recommended districts get an extra $1.6 billion in the 2018-19 school year.
Now, superintendents and advocates say districts will be forced to re-examine spending and possibly make cuts, as rising student needs and employee costs continue to outpace funding.

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Buffalo Schools Embrace Children Displayed by Maria

The boy and girl arrived in the morning darkness, well before school started, and sat in the main office nursing a case of the butterflies.
It was the kind you get on the first day at a new school.
“They’re nervous,” their mother, Angelica Nieves, said through an interpreter.
Griselirys, 11, and Michael, 7, were signing up at Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy in Buffalo, the latest in a long line of students from Puerto Rico to arrive in the school district in the months following Hurricane Maria.


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Ithaca Charter School Expansion Proposition Sparks Debate 

The Ithaca City School District Board of Education hosted a public forum last week on New Roots Charter School's recent proposition to expand its current high school offerings to middle school students.
As soon as the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, the Ithaca-based high school hopes to launch a 60-student middle school to serve students in grades sixth through eighth.
The public forum lasted for approximately one hour, with several New Roots students and their parents voicing support of the school before the nearly full boardroom, as well as New Roots’ founder, principal and superintendent, Tina Nilsen-Hodges.
Not everyone at the meeting was in favor of the middle school addition, though.
ICSD board member Eldred Harris said while he supports school choice for older, more self-aware high school students, he does not think such a choice is appropriate for younger students.

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Popular School Fundraising Programs Under Fire

For 43 years, schoolkids and their parents have clipped the labels from cookie bags and cracker boxes as part of a popular rewards program called Labels for Education.
Through this and similar programs — think Tyson's Project A+ or General Mills' Box Tops for Education — schools get cash and supplies in exchange for clipped labels from participating food items.
But these programs, most of which are wildly popular at U.S. schools, may have major downsides for students. Critics say they are designed to sell junk food to children too young to make good health decisions.
Just this month, as Labels for Education wound down — a result of declining participation, said its parent company, Campbell's — public health advocates cheered the end of a program widely beloved by teachers, schools and parents. The program included snack foods, such as cookies and crackers, that many health advocates say should be discouraged.


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Upcoming Events

NYSSFA Advocacy Day
March 6, 2018 | Albany

SFMI Critical Issues Summit
March 7, 2018 | Albany

NJSBGA/NSPMA Dual Conference
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

School Facilities Managers Conference and Expo

September 30-October 3, 2018 | Saratoga Springs

NYSSBA Conference
October 25-27, 2018 | New York City

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