January 31, 2018

State Association Leaders Visit Mid-Hudson Chapter

The Mid-Hudson Chapter held its monthly meeting on January 18 at the Ramada Inn Newburgh and welcomed NYSSFA First Vice President Paul Rooney of North Rockland CSD and Second Vice President  Kim Parahus of Hewlett-Woodmere UFSD. Third Vice President Elliot Garcia of Hyde Park CSD, a member of the Mid-Hudson Chapter, was also present.

Chapter Past President Henry Cibelli was recognized for his many years of service and  outstanding mentorship with the  launching of THE HENRY CIBELLI MENTOR SCHOLARSHIP, which will send two members to the SFMI Managers' Academy every year. "We couldn’t think of a better way to thank him for his mentorship than by continuing it forever," said Chapter President Jamie Smith.
Phoenix CSD Serves as Case Study for Camfil

Phoenix CSD had been ordering replacement final filters annually and pleated pre-filters three times a year, continuing with the same type of metal box filters originally installed in its HVAC units. They were heavy and cumbersome, and transporting them to the roof was challenging. Disposal of both the pleated pre-filters and the box final filters consumed most of the school's dumpster space. The primary concern, however was indoor air quality and energy costs.

Keith Watkins, Director of Facilities at the time, invited Camfil to survey the filters in the district and after that conduct an in-service training for his maintenance staff. Camfil brought its portable filter tester, which evaluates filter configuration and its effects on energy costs and airflow. The tester showed lower pressure drops by using a new Camfil filter as opposed to the type the school had been using. Watkins requested this information be analyzed in monetary savings. The reports showed a savings of $2,786 for just one air handler over a two-year period, and based on those projections decided to change to the new filter. Pete Callard, Maintenance Supervisor at the time for Phoenix School District, reported the service/changeout took much less time than in the past, resulting in more cost decreases.
Western New York P-TECH STEM College & Career Academy to Open
The nearly complete $8 million Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES P-TECH STEM Academy hosted the Chautauqua Chapter monthly meeting on Friday January 26, 2018.

The BOCES P-TECH STEM Academy is a multi-year commitment for students and their school districts. Students will remain enrolled in their home districts for the four years of high school, earning a NYS Regents diploma plus up to two additional years for the completion of an Associate's degree from Jamestown Community College.

Students participate in hands-on learning using state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. The program focuses on math and science as it applies to the advanced manufacturing industries in which the region has seen growth.   
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Register for the Classrooms of the Future Summit!

The Classrooms of the Future Summit is a one-day comprehensive program that provides New York State’s education professionals with the most timely information and resources to continue providing safe, healthy, energy efficient learning environments for students, teachers, administrators and the local community.

This year’s program is focused on how to prepare your facilities to monitor your energy usage to create efficiencies that will reduce costs and lessen you facilities’ carbon footprint. Our panel of energy experts will provide insight on the answers to these questions and provide immediate action items you can take back to your districts. In the afternoon, you will hear an update from the Office of Facilities Planning. A number of staff members will be attending the entire day giving you time to meet face-to-face.
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Kingston School Officials Questioned About Use of Police

Kingston City School District officials are taking heat from critics who say the way city police officers operate in the schools impedes the education of at-risk students.

At a Board of Education meeting Wednesday, several people said the Nov. 15 arrests of two students off school grounds has not been fully reviewed.

“I feel like the school should be asking for a full investigation of what happened,” parent Lisa Royer said.
The city Police Commission on Dec. 20 dismissed a complaint by the teenage girls, who contend they were mistreated during the incident on Elmendorf Street. 

According to supporters of the students, two of the officers were district resource officers who were attempting to arrest one of the girls regarding a trespassing complaint at the high school. The commission said the complaint could be brought up for further review if further evidence is provided.
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Glens Falls Voters Approve Land Purchase

Glens Falls City School District residents have approved a plan to buy a parcel of land adjacent to the schools’ bus garage for $240,000.

Out of 441 votes, 314 votes were cast in support of buying the land and 127 votes were against.

The 1.3-acre plot at 35 Glenwood Ave. in Queensbury, which already has two buildings on it, will be used for more transportation, a turn-around space for bus drivers, a transportation department office and other offices.

Superintendent Paul Jenkins stated in a press release that the next step is to begin the closing process with the property owners.
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Comptroller Identifies 26 Districts in ‘Fiscal Stress’

The Office of the New York State Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System (FSMS) measures fiscal stress in school districts each year. The System uses a set of six financial indicators that assess budgetary solvency by examining fund balance levels, operating deficits, cash on hand and reliance on short-term cashflow borrowing.

Separately, six environmental indicators assess other important factors that are largely outside of the direct control of school officials but may affect revenues or drive costs. Some of these include poverty rates, tax base and budget support. 
For the 2016-17 school year, 26 school districts were classified in one of the three fiscal stress categories. High-need districts were nearly three times as likely as average-need districts to be in fiscal stress. Regionally, Central New York and the Southern Tier had the largest proportions of districts in a fiscal stress category.
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Survey Shows Strong Support for August School Opening

Nearly two-thirds of school board members say school districts should have the option to begin classroom instruction before September 1.

That's according to a recent poll by the New York State School Boards Association.

Sixty-five percent of respondents are in favor of allowing school districts to start the school year prior to September 1.

The State Board of Regents said at its December meeting that it would direct the State Education Department to draft legislation that would allow school districts to offer instructional days in August.
The poll also found that just over half of school board members would be in favor of a school year that was longer than 180 days.
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