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    February 14, 2018

Are You Registered for Summit Yet? Hurry - Space Is Limited!

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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Scarsdale Voters OK $64.8 Million Bond Proposal
 
Scarsdale residents have approved a $64.8 million bond proposal to upgrade its school buildings. The final tally in last week’s vote was 1,253 to 667. 

Superintendent Thomas Hagerman said district officials didn't expect to increase taxes to pay back the bond in part because of retiring debt and the 19.5 percent state aid reimbursement rate.

“The scope is quite comprehensive,” Hagerman said. “This bond allows us to accomplish a tremendous amount of work and allows us to free up our budget.”

About half of the proposed plan, $34.8 million, will fund projects at Greenacres School that needs expansion and updates, which was decided on instead of building a new school. 
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Lackawanna Can’t Afford to Raze ‘Zombie School’
 
The New Lincoln Elementary School building in Lackawanna's 1st Ward stands three stories and spans 51,000 square feet, a hulking edifice constructed in 1925 to serve the growing population of immigrant families who flocked to the city for steel plant jobs and affordable living.

The building ceased being a school in 1988 and since then, much like the vacant and crumbling steel mills that line Route 5, it has stood as a reminder of Lackawanna's long-ago era of growth and prosperity.

But it also stands as a classic paradox. It has outlived its usefulness, but the city cannot afford the cost of demolition.

When bids to raze the building were opened in January, the low bid of $1.2 million submitted by Clark Patterson Lee, a Rochester-based engineering firm, was $500,000 more than the city had to spend.
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Tax Cap on State-Owned Land a Concern in Onteora

Onteora school district Superintendent Victoria McLaren wants New York lawmakers to take a stand against a proposal in the state budget that would limit the increase on taxes paid for properties owned by the state to 1.02 percent.

Addressing state Sen. James Seward during a Board of Education meeting last week, McLaren said: “One of the ... things that is of concern to us and other rural districts is the provision within the budget for a cap on property taxes paid on state land.
“As you know we are a very rural district, New York state is our second largest taxpayer, they pay over $2 million in taxes, and it represents 5 percent of our levy,” McLaren added. “So that provision, although not widely publicized, would have an impact on our district.”

Seward, R-Milford, did not respond to the concern and instead focused on how aid calculations are formulated based on favoring private property assessments over the personal incomes of district residents.

 
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State’s High-School Graduation Rate Up Slightly

The high school graduation rate in New York State barely budged last year, inching up just half a percentage point, according to data released Wednesday by the New York State Education Department. According to the department, 80.2 percent of public school students graduated on time.

The state education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, described the results as “generally positive” and “continuing the upward trend.” But she acknowledged that within the numbers, stubborn imbalances and inequities persisted: White students graduated at much higher rates than black or Hispanic students, and in some districts, fewer than half the students finished high school on time.

The data was based on the 207,000 students who entered ninth grade in 2013.

New York has made a series of changes to its graduation requirements in recent years, which make it difficult to judge whether schools are improving. 
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