February 21, 2018

Is Your School Energy-Efficient? Last Chance to Register for 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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Business Partners: Increase Your Exposure!

Support and connect with New York State's schools and education professionals! The Classrooms of the Future Summit provides a unique opportunity for your company to be in front of a broad audience and demonstrates your company's commitment to our public schools. Take advantage of this opportunity to highlight a new product or service or feature one of your successful projects.Reserve your sponsorship online here or download a sponsorship registration form and return it to SFM, 136 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Premier Sponsor - $7,500
Recognition in all printed materials, on our website, all electronic communications 
Five (5) complimentary registrations and parking passes 
An informational table for you to place literature 
Two (2) week sponsorship of our weekly Wednesday Wake Up electronic newsletter

Executive Sponsor - $3,500
Recognition in all printed materials, on our website, all electronic communications 
Three (3) complimentary registrations and parking passes 
An informational table for you to place literature 
One (1) week sponsorship of our weekly Wednesday Wake Up electronic newsletter

Capital Sponsor - $1,500
Recognition in all printed materials, on our website, all electronic communications 
One (1) complimentary registration and parking pass 
An informational table for you to place literature

Contact Mike Cocca at sfmi@nyssfa.com or 518.465.0563 if you're interested in sponsoring this year's Summit.
Now Accepting Scholarship Applications!

NYSSFA offers the Fred Hack Memorial Scholarship Program for dependent children of our Active and Affiliate members. Six $1,500 scholarships are awarded annually.

 Eligibility requirements:
  • Applicant must be a dependent child of an NYSSFA Active or Affiliate member who has completed one year of full-time continuous membership by April 1, 2017.
  • Applicant must be a student enrolled in or planning to enroll in a full-time program of study leading to an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree at an accredited post-secondary school.
  • Applicant must not have received a previous award more than twice.
  • Applicant must not have received a previous award in two consecutive years.
Applications for the 2018 Scholarships are due April 1, 2018. 
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You're Invited: 2018 BOC Technical Webinar Series 
The New York State School Facilities Association and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council invite you to attend the 2018 Building Operator Certification (BOC) Technical Webinar series.  Registrations are limited and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

BOC offers live instructional webinars throughout the year to keep you informed on the dynamic field of facilities management. Learn practical solutions to deal with the energy hogs in your building from leading industry experts.  The 2018 webinars focus on ways to improve occupant and thermal comfort by addressing components of a building such as indoor air quality, humidity, strategies for occupant engagement, as well as explore advancements in building and lighting controls. 

BOC webinars are open to all interested. For the BOC graduate, successful completion of the webinar and the accompanying quiz provides 1.5 points toward maintaining your BOC® credential. All sessions are held from 11 a.m.-12 noon Pacific Standard Time or 2-3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Webinars are also available in
recorded format after the live session.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Webinar schedules, topics or to begin the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Squillace, BOC Program Associate at 206.979.8480 or
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Sheriff: Time to Consider Putting Police in All Schools
Following last Wednesday’s Florida school shooting, Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy said it’s time for school officials to consider having police officers in all area schools.

“In light of yesterday’s mass shooting at a Florida School, it’s imperative we have the discussion regarding trained law enforcement officers in our schools,” wrote Murphy in a letter to all Washington County school superintendents. “In the aftermath of cowardly events like this, we all increase active shooter training, response planning, and review building security. The truth is, we can plan all we want, but in most of these cases by the time law enforcement arrives, the event is over.”

The Florida killing of 17 at a Parkland, Florida high school on Wednesday — allegedly at the hands of a 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz armed with an AR-15 assault weapon — marks another in a string of mass shootings around the country.

An armed security guard never got the chance to stop the teen gunman during the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 
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Public, Board Weigh Future of Great Bend Elementary Building
About 25 people came out Thursday evening for the public forum to voice their opinions about the future of the former Great Bend Elementary building at 25059 Woolworth St., which is now used for some of the Carthage Central School District’s administrative offices and the district’s alternative education program.

The building, constructed in the 1950s, is in need of renovations and updates, which Watchdog Building Partners of Rochester estimate will cost about $5 million. The renovation project would include replacement of the boiler, installed in 1978, asbestos abatement, window and sidewalk replacement as well as electrical, fire code and security upgrades.

Prior to opening the forum to public comment, district Superintendent Peter J. Turner informed the public the session was to solicit input on the future of the building and that no decision would be made at this time. He said board of education members would mull the information gathered and discuss further at the March 5 meeting whether or not to invest in the Great Bend building.
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Spontaneous Combustion Blamed for Falconer School Fire

Falconer Central School was on a two-hour delay Thursday after spontaneous combustion of rags in a garbage can caused a small fire in the school’s basement.

No damage was reported after heavy smoke was found by firefighters when they arrived shortly after 1:30 a.m. to a report of a fire alarm at the 220 East Ave. school. Several surrounding volunteer fire departments were summoned for assistance to help locate the source of the smoke.

According to Chautauqua County fire investigators, the fire was the result of spontaneous combustion of mineral oil-soaked cotton rags in a plastic garbage can. The fire — which was ruled accidental — was contained to the custodian’s work shop in the school’s basement, fire investigators said Thursday.
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Bill Would Ensure Free Press for Students

A pair of Southern Tier lawmakers are proposing a bill to prevent school officials such as principals or college administrators from being able to censor student newspapers.

The measure proposed by GOP Sen. Tom O’Mara, Big Flats, and Democratic Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Endwell, comes out of a national push to ensure First Amendment rights for high school and college journalists.

Part of a national push for student press rights, the New York legislation was first proposed by Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, of Corning but later expanded to include college as well as high school journalists.

The measure would apply to private and public schools.
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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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