April 4, 2018

Now Accepting Nominations!

It’s time to submit nominations for Third Vice President!

We encourage interested members to reach out to Chapter Leaders to learn more about the responsibilities of the position. The prerequisites for service as an officer include prior service as a State Director for a minimum of one year and/or President of a local chapter who has attended at least one Leadership Weekend. Please email your nominations by May 30. This deadline is part of our by-laws, to which we must strictly adhere. 

What do you need to do?  Simply:
  • Email your nomination to info@nyssfa.com
  • Include a statement about the candidate’s qualifications
  • Submit it by the deadline.
It's Time to Submit Scholarship Applications!

The Richard P. Mills Scholarship was started in 2009 by SFA and SFMI leaders to recognize New York State Commissioner of Education Mills' dedication and leadership, and his particular support of SFA members and their important work relating to school facilities. The Richard P. Mills Scholarship is open to all SFA Active and Affiliate members with seven or fewer years of service who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to the school facilities profession and a promise for future leadership. Apply for a scholarship to the 2018 School Facilities Managers' Conference & Expo in October and Academy in December here.

Thanks to the generosity of the New York State Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR), we are also able to offer five scholarships for NYSSFA members to attend the 2018 School Facilities Managers Expo and Conference.Nominations are to be made by Chapter Presidents or State Directors. Nominees must be first-time conference attendees and SFA members in good standing. Download the application form here.

The deadline to send in nominations is FRIDAY, JUNE 29. 
A Big Welcome to Our New Members!
  • Anthony DeMan, Director of Facilities, Tarrytown UFSD
  • Mark Hannan, Director of School Safety, Southampton UFSD 
  • Jeremy MonthonySupervisor of Buildings and Grounds, Indian Lake CSD
  • David PayneAssistant Director of Facilities, Cortland City SD
  • Elliot SheldonAssistant Director of Facilities and Operations, Hyde Park CSD
  • Vincent Wojciechowski, Director of Facilities,  ONC BOCES 
Modified Capital Project Goes to Tuckahoe Voters
Tuckahoe residents can head to the polls next week for a third time this year to vote on a modified capital improvement proposal to relieve overcrowding and make building updates.

The new $9.9 million plan — less than half of the proposed borrowing amount from the failed vote in December — would address issues deemed "absolutely essential," said Superintendent Carl Albano.

Some of the projects that would be funded by this proposal are upgrades to fire alarm systems, changing locks on all doors, constructing a second story with eight classrooms at the William E. Cottle School, replacing the turf on a 12-year-old athletic field and building a new security vestibule at Cottle.
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Kingston Eyes Next Phase of Safe Routes Project
The city appears likely to hire engineering firm Greenman-Pedersen Inc. to design the Midtown Kingston portion of the “Safe Routes to School” project.

City Engineer Ralph Swenson said a committee of City Hall staff and Mayor Steve Noble have recommended hiring the Albany-based company.

Greenman-Pedersen also designed earlier portions of the Safe Routes project, which aims to make travel to and from Kingston schools safer for students who walk and bike.

The design process probably won’t be done until next spring, Swenson said. He said the actual Midtown work could be carried out in the summer of 2019.
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Cambridge, Salem Voters Approve Projects
Voters gave the thumbs-up last week to building projects in the Salem and Cambridge school districts.

Residents approved a $21.3 million project by Salem Central School to make a variety of maintenance upgrades to the building, including installing a new, more efficient hot water heating system; replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; upgrading the electrical system; and replacing parts of the roof. The vote was 242 in favor to 150 in opposition.

Cambridge Central School residents voted 259-100 in favor of a nearly $10 million project, which includes replacing the leaky roofing system; reconstructing the deteriorating metal siding; installing new boilers; putting in a new control board for the heating and cooling system; replacing the remaining skylight units; and installing a new 600-amp generator to provide emergency power.
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Federal Data: Schools Are Safer Now

U.S. schools have significantly increased security measures and preparation for events like school shootings in the last 20 years, the newest federal data show.

Meanwhile, rates of student victimization at school have continued to decline, fewer students have brought weapons to school, and fewer students report fear of harm in school, according to a report released Thursday.

Fewer students report having access to an unlocked gun in the most recent data, and, contrary to popular perception, rates of violent deaths at school have not trended significantly upward in recent years.
"Our nation's schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning free of crime and violence," says Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2017, an annual report released by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. "Any instance of crime or violence at school not only affects the individuals involved but also may disrupt the educational process and affect bystanders, the school itself, and the surrounding community." 

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Upcoming Events

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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