March 21, 2018

NJSBGA and NSPMA Welcome NYSSFA Team  
Last week (from left), SFA Accreditation and Corporate Partnership Chair Keith Watkins, CDF; Capital District Chapter President Ron Gorham; SFA Second Vice President Kim Parahus; SFA President Mike Coghlan, CDF and SFMI Chair and SFA Membership Chair Brian Bentley, CDF traveled to Atlantic City, NJ for the joint New Jersey School Buildings & Grounds Association (NJSBGA) / National School Plant Management Association (NSPMA) Conference and Expo. We are fortunate to have a partnership with NJSBGA and attend each other's events as guests annually.

We're also proud to announce that Keith Watkins was elected Third Vice President of NSPMA during the conference!

A great time was had by all sharing knowledge and expanding connections with fellow DOFs and business partners. Thanks to our partners in New Jersey for their hospitality!
NYSERDA to Launch K-12 Initiative This Summer 
This summer, NYSERDA will be launching the K-12 Initiative. This initiative encourages schools to lower energy use and utility bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The K-12 Initiative promotes clean energy efforts by educating, guiding, and assisting schools that implement clean energy projects and commit to sustainability-focused principles at their facilities and in their classrooms. While this initiative will provide specific funding for K-12 schools soon, NYSERDA currently has several funding programs and initiatives that schools can take advantage of right now to help reduce their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

The FlexTech Program shares the costs of technical services to help eligible schools in New York State make informed energy decisions. Energy consultants work with schools to create a customized assessment that identifies specific opportunities for reducing energy consumption and costs. FlexTech can provide funding to:
  • Develop energy master plans
  • Assess and analyze energy performance contracts to confirm anticipated savings
For more information, visit the K-12 Initiative website or send an e-mail to commercialprograms@nyserda.ny.gov
Less Than Two Weeks Remain: 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. 
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A Big Welcome to Our New Members!
  • Jerry Bishop, Assistant Director of Facilities, Tully CSD  
  • Stephen Bykowicz, Maintenance Mechanic Crew Chief, Hamburg CSD
  • Nick Corrigan, Assistant Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, Spencerport CSD
  • Craig Masten, Facilities Director/Transportation Director, Fort Edward UFSD
  • David Mayton, Head Custodian, Cherry Valley-Springfield CSD 
  • Cono Sammarco, Jr., Director of Facilities, Niagara-Wheatfield CSD
  • Colleen Withey, Head Custodian, Skaneateles CSD
Fellow DOF in Need of Temporary Classroom

Salamanca City Central School is looking for a temporary/permanent classroom or office trailer unit approximately  28’ x 66’ including two rooms, two restrooms, two entrances, ADA entrance and HVAC. 

If you can help, please contact Director of Facilities Richard L. Pincoski at 716.945.2400,  ext. 4093 or
Buffalo Culinary School Plan Grows in Size, Cost 

Eight months after the Buffalo Public Schools agreed on a developer and downtown location for a new culinary high school, the two sides are finally wrapping up lease negotiations on a project that will be bigger and more costly than originally anticipated.

But the school still won't open for almost two years.

McGuire Development Co. and Mark Croce’s Buffalo Development Co. plan to convert the former C.W. Miller Livery Stable at 73 W. Huron St. into a second Emerson School of Hospitality, a project that has grown in size by 26 percent and will cost the district several million dollars more to rent over 15 years, according to details of the lease agreement provided to the School Board.
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Randolph to Spend Bond Funds on High-Tech Security
Members of the Randolph Central School Board of Education approved the preliminary plan for Part 2 of the Smart Schools Bond Act Project at its meeting that will include additional high-tech security features.

Superintendent Kaine Kelly said the board’s thoughts were, instead of investing in computers or tablets that will be obsolete in three to five years, this is something that can be put in place for a number of years. The board thought this would be the biggest bang for their buck and, in the end, it’s clearly a hot topic that’s appropriate for this time.

According to Kelly, the technology upgrade will include new servers, wireless internet and increased high-speed WiFi. They plan to replace 98 outdated, existing cameras (a mix of analog and first generation IP cameras) and add 201 cameras (120 interior and 81 exterior). 
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Saugerties Schools to Use Smartphone App to Report Threats

Saugerties School district officials have signed up for a smartphone app they believe will allow perceived threats to be sent anonymously to administrators and provide staff with critical information during emergencies.

The Anonymous Alert software was discussed during a Board of Education meeting last week, with Superintendent Seth Turner saying a recent incident about a Facebook posting underscores the need for a more effective system to learn about potential problems.

Turner said the system was being considered prior to the February 14 shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

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Kingston Capital Project Vote Scheduled for May 15

The Board of Education has agreed to seek voter approval on May 15 for a $16 million capital project that would finance building improvements at three schools, using bonds and capital reserve funds.

The projects are part of an ongoing plan to address high-priority building needs in the Kingston school district.

“This is part of the five-year capital plan, and these [projects] were addressed as part of the board meeting last month,” Superintendent of Schools Paul Padalino said at Thursday’s meeting of the school board.

Through two ballot propositions, the district will seek approval to issue $11 million in bonds and use another $5 million from a capital reserve fund.
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Survey: Most Teachers Oppose Arming School Staff

Nearly three out of four teachers oppose letting staff members carry guns in schools, according to a new poll that shows little support for a proposal that has become central to President Trump’s response to the school shooting last month in Parkland, Fla.

Seventy-three percent of teachers oppose the idea of arming staff members, while 20 percent support it, according to the nationwide survey of almost 500 teachers of kindergarten through 12th grade conducted by Gallup and released on Friday.

A majority of the public, 56 percent, also opposes the idea, according to a separate Gallup poll, though attitudes diverge greatly along partisan lines.
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