February 28, 2018

Your Summit Seat Awaits...

Limited space available - don't miss out! 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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State Association Leaders Visit Southern Tier Chapter
The Southern Tier Chapter held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 20.  School  Facilities Association President Mike Coghlan, CDF and SFMI Chairperson Brian Bentley CDF attended the meeting.
Both leaders gave updates from the state organization,  as well as listened to feedback in order to promote communication between the state and local levels. More than  20 members, retirees and vendors were present.  Mike and Brian offer a big thank-you to State Director Howie Thompson, Director of Facilities at Bainbridge-Guildford CSD, and Chapter President Ralph Schuldt, Director of Facilities, at Susquehanna Valley CSD, for their hospitality and great conversation!
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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Kingston Feeling the Pinch of Bus Driver Shortage
A shortage of bus drivers for Kingston school district routes has led to some buses covering two routes at a time and some students having to stand in the aisles during the rides.

“There have been occasions, over the last year really ... that we have had to do double runs, but at no point have we exceeded the state maximum for riders allowed on the school bus,” district Superintendent Paul Padalino said.

“We don’t feel that we’ve done anything to put students in danger,” Padalino said. “Is it exactly what we want to do? No. But we’re not going to exceed the number that legally can be on the bus. ...

“Students can stand on the bus,” he said. “It is frowned upon, but it’s not part of the regulations.”

The district has bus service contracts with Ethan Allen, First Student, Arthur F. Mulligan and Lezette Express, and Padalino said the driver shortage is the result of several factors, including more stringent requirements to obtain the necessary driver’s license.
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Massena District’s Reservation System Goes Paperless
Massena Central School District officials have made it easier to reserve their facilities by doing away with paper copies and making the application process entirely electronic.

Superintendent Patrick H. Brady said anyone who wants to use one of the facilities can go to the district’s website at https://www.mcs.k12.ny.us, then click on the links for District and Building Use. 

Then they can follow the instructions to submit their request. For those having difficulty, there’s a tutorial on the website that details how to access the program.

In addition to applying for facilities usage, they can see if another group has requested the same facility at the same day and time.
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Three Dutchess County Districts Deal With Threats

A week after a school shooter killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida, three Dutchess County school districts have been dealing with possible threats of violence. 

The threats made against the Dover and Beacon school districts Wednesday were determined to not be credible.
Poughkeepsie city police on Thursday were investigating after a Morse Elementary School student reported he overheard two high school-age students talking about a shooting occurring at school.

Poughkeepsie schools were dismissed at 1 p.m. Thursday due to icy road conditions. A message on the district website said there appeared to be no threat. 

All three school districts opened as usual Friday. 

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Teachers Respond to Trump’s Proposal to Arm Them

All week long in Brady Shutt’s classroom at Liberty High School, north of Iowa City, his students have been talking about school shootings.

So on Thursday, when President Trump proposed arming teachers to curb violence, Mr. Shutt posed a question to his students: What do you think of the idea of training teachers to have guns in schools?
Eyes bugged out. Heads vigorously shook no.

“They said, ‘You mean arming teachers? Teachers like you? Why would a teacher ever have a gun in school?’” Mr. Shutt recalled. “It just didn’t fit into their worldview. And there were concerns about what that would do to the relationship between teacher and student.”

Even in gun-friendly locales like rural Indiana, teachers reacted with alarm to Mr. Trump’s plan, which came a little more than a week after a gunman killed 17 at a high school in Florida.

Opposition also came from the leaders of large school districts.

“The mere thought that teachers should be armed in order to ward off violence is utterly illogical and will only result in making our students and teachers less safe,” said Tommy Chang, the superintendent of Boston Public Schools, in a statement. “The real issue at hand continues to be access to guns.”
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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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