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    March 7, 2018

Oswego County Chapter Hosts Professional Development Seminar
 
The Oswego County Chapter had its  23rd annual Professional Development Seminar and Trade Show Thursday, February 22, 2018. The event was held at the Mexico Academy Middle School. The morning started with a very timely conversation with New York State Trooper Dustin Hite discussing active shooter scenarios, what signs to look for, what to expect from EMS response and how to be aware of your surroundings. Later in the morning, Mr. William Hoosty, on a little more upbeat topic, took the group on a journey of self-evaluation and self-help with an objective of how a better you can benefit those around you.

After a very fine lunch, the O&M teams from all of Oswego County retired to the gymnasium where they could interact with more than 40 business partners that supply goods and services to their respective Districts. A very special thanks to all those business partners that help sponsor this event! The money raised goes to fund scholarships for deserving students in Oswego County looking to further their education in the facilities field.
 
Southeastern Chapter Hosts Three-Part Training 
 
As part of a series of trainings and webinars scheduled for the 2017-18 school year, 
Thursday, March 1,  2018 was a three-session training for the members of the Southeastern Chapter.  The sessions consisted of Blueprint Reading,  Fire Safety and Inspections, and Health and Safety. The presenters were part of the chapter as Associate members, or part of PNWBOCES & SWBOCES. 

This was offered to all Directors of Facilities and their facilities staff.  It was well received by all who attended. 
 
Fred Hack Memorial Scholarship Applications Due April 1

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. 
Apply Now
 
Middletown Board Defends $58 Million Fund Balance

Emotions ran high for citizens and Middletown school board members at Thursday’s board meeting when discussing the state Comptroller’s audit published the previous week.

Referencing news articles, editorials and the audit itself, each board member went down the line vehemently denying that having a $58 million fund balance was a bad thing.

“It’s not like we’re sitting on this huge fund balance and not doing anything about it,” board member Linda Knapp said.

State auditors said the district overestimated budgets after reviewing finances going back five years, and recommended creating fund balance and reserve policies. Auditors also want the district to be mindful of the 4 percent statutory limit on unrestricted fund balance.
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Onteora Schools Ramp Up Security After Threat
 
Police were stationed in each of the Onteora schools Thursday following the arrest of a former student who authorities said posted a threat of school violence on social media.

The suspect, Henry Reilly, 23, of Woodstock, was arrested and charged with one felony count of making a terroristic threat, according to state police.

Reilly was sent to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, a jail officer said.

Onteora parents were notified Thursday morning via email and a notice posted on the district’s website that because of the threat, and “out of an abundance of caution and to provide reassurance to students, staff and parents,” arrangements were made to have a police presence at each of the district’s schools.
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Niagara Falls Officials Inspect Schools for Security

They are tours neither Falls Schools Superintendent Mark Laurrie nor Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto want to take.

But in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, the city's top educator and top cop have spent the past week checking security on every school campus in the city.

"We've walked around all the schools," DalPorto said in the lobby of Gaskill Preparatory School on Thursday. "Not so much to audit (the security), but to get a feel for it."

Both men walked away from the visits convinced that the city schools are secure.

"I think (the schools) are hardened. We're in lock-out all the time. Even we had to be buzzed in," Laurrie said. "I think we're at a pretty good (security) level."
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Some Schools Already Have Armed Teachers

The 8-by-11-inch box sits atop a bookshelf in the Sidney, Ohio, school district headquarters, as much a part of the office furniture as the manila folders, yearbooks and Webster’s dictionaries. Inside is a semiautomatic Glock handgun with extra magazines.

Dispersed throughout the seven school buildings in this rural Ohio district are dozens of biometric safes, tucked away discreetly in closets and classrooms, only accessible to a designated staff member whose fingerprint can open the box. A bulletproof vest is nearby, in an undisclosed location, fortified to protect against any bullet except one fired from an assault rifle.

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month, President Trump amplified calls to train and arm educators, roiling the teaching profession and infuriating gun control advocates.

For all the outcry, though, hundreds of school districts across the country, most of them small and rural, already have. Officials like those in Sidney do not see the weaponry scattered through their schools as a political statement, but as a practical response to a potent threat.
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