April 11, 2018

Now Accepting 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 (May 30)
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. 
Capital District Chapter Co-Sponsors Operations & Maintenance Conference
The Capital District Chapter, along the the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA), co-sponsored the 67th annual Operations & Maintenance Conference on April 5 at Maple Avenue Middle School in Saratoga Springs. 

The day was extremely successful with 140 participants and 24 vendors. Thanks to sponsors  Day Automation, C&S Companies, QWare, B-Lann Equipment, TBS and Camfil. In addition, much appreciation goes to Ed Koller of CASDA and hosts  John Thuener and Mike Goodwin from Saratoga City Schools!
Monticello Voters Reject Capital Plan Again
Monticello school district residents rejected a $110 million plan to overhaul the district’s schools in a referendum on Thursday.

The vote came almost four months after residents narrowly voted down a similar $100 million capital plan to overhaul Monticello’s schools.

This time, 940 people voted “no” to 852 who voted “yes,” more than doubling the turnout of December’s referendum, according to Superintendent Tammy Mangus.

The capital plan would have reopened Duggan Elementary, updated the three other elementary schools, and renovated the middle and high schools. It also included upgrades to the track, football field, grandstand, tennis courts and baseball fields.
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Wappingers School Security Upgrade Stuck in State Backlog
A major upgrade for the Wappingers school district's security system is tied up in a lengthy state approval process, just when it's needed most, school officials say.

A $1.3 million plan to install new security vestibules in Wappingers schools would be fully funded by the state's Smart Schools Bond Act. But with a backlog of applications for funding, there's no telling when the project will be approved, let alone completed.

We understood going in that getting security vestibules installed would take time, but always believed our biggest hurdle would be getting approval" from the state Education Department's Office of Facilities Planning, said Daren Lolkema, Wappingers' assistant superintendent of compliance and information systems.

So the district was excited when it received "approval for the plan" from Facilities Planning on Jan. 23, Lolkema said. But the excitement became frustration "when we learned we now have to wait untold many more months before our project can be approved" through other necessary channels. 
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Canton Board Approves Funding for Armed Resource Officer

Funding for an armed school resource officer will be included in Canton Central School District’s proposed 2018-19 budget.

Canton school board members voted last week to allocate $50,000 in wages toward the position, but some said the decision should be delayed until more public input is received and information is known about long-term costs.

“I’m really excited that it’s gotten this far,” Village Police Chief James Santimaw said after the vote. “We all want it to be the right person so that everyone is comfortable.”

Santimaw said an existing village police officer would likely be assigned to the school. That person’s position would be backfilled by a new hire.
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Schools Adding Mental Health Clinic s to Address Growing Need

Hadley-Luzerne is the latest school district planning to bring in an outside health provider to provide school-based counseling services.

School officials are working to establish an office for a representative from the Albany-based Parsons Child and Family Center to work with local students and families. Parsons, which is a subsidiary of the Northern Rivers Council, provides a variety of services including behavioral health, family support, education and residential and foster care.

Superintendent Beecher Baker said the goal is to have services in house that go beyond the guidance counselor and social worker. Additional services are not readily accessible in the North Country.

Other districts have been adding school-based mental health clinics as the need has grown. Cambridge Central School has had a program with Parsons since the spring of 2017, and Queensbury has had one Parsons since the fall of 2015.

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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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