November 7, 2018

Academy Is More Than Half Sold Out - Don't Miss Your Chance to Attend!

The School Facility Managers' Academy Series is the premier educational program for New York State School Facilities Directors, co-hosted by the NYS School Facilities Association (SFA) and the School Facilities Management Institute, Inc. (SFMI). Don't miss this premier training opportunity!

Track One: Managers' Academy
The Facility Manager’s track covers health and safety, all hazard emergency training, technical and systems administration, school energy management, budgeting and civil service law.  This track is designed for school facilities professionals relatively new to the field.

Track Two: Personnel Management Academy
The Personnel Management Track is designed to keep you at the forefront of managing people. Industry experts will provide best practices on improving your hiring and interviewing techniques, conducting evaluations, legal issues, managing stakeholders and more. No matter if you're new to the field or a seasoned professional, this program is right for you.

Dates: December 4-5, 2018
Early-Bird Rates (before November 30): Academy plus hotel $450; commuter rate $375; early arrival hotel rate $100
Location:  NYSSBA, 24 Century Hill Drive, Suite 200, Latham
Registration: Sign up 
online. Space is limited. Early registration discounts are available now through November 30!
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Schools Encouraged to Apply for Green Ribbon Award Program

Public and non-public schools are invited to apply to the New York State Education Department Office of Facilities Planning for the New York State Green Ribbon Schools award program. The application due date has been changed to December 14, 2018 to allow candidates to further gather information for their applications.

The purpose of Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) is to inspire schools to strive for 21st century excellence by highlighting
promising practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools that:
  • Pillar I: Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  • Pillar II: Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  • Pillar IIII: Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.
Encouraging resource efficient schools allows administrators to dedicate more resources to instruction rather than operational costs. Healthy schools and wellness practices ensure that all students learn in an environment conducive to achieving their full potential, free of the health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps. Sustainability education helps all students engage in hands-on learning, hone critical thinking and collaboration skills, learn many disciplines, and develop a solid foundation in STEM subjects. It motivates post-secondary students in many disciplines, and especially those underserved in STEM subjects, to persist and graduate with sought after degrees and robust civic skills. 

The NYS Education Department encourages all schools that may have submitted applications between 2012 and 2018, and not been named a GRS honoree during one of those cycles, to consider re-applying to NYSED for this recognition award. We are confident that schools have continued to make progress in the GRS Pillars in the last several years.
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Extend a Warm Welcome to Our New Members!
  • Nick  Campbell, Facilities Leader, Canastota CSD    
  • Kenneth Coon, Maintenance Supervisor, West Genesee CSD  
  • Russell CostaDirector of Facilities and Operations, Seaford UFSD
  • Al Crump,  Director of Facilities, Fulton City SD    
  • Michael Culligan,  Maintenance Supervisor,  ONC Boces
  • Anthony D'Amato, Director of Facilities III, Beacon CSD
  • Minaz David Sr., Development Project Manager, Yonkers Public Schools
  • Dan  DelanoBuilding Maintenance Mechanic,  Greater Southern Tier BOCES
  • Carlo Ferrero , Facilities Supervisor, Half Hollow Hills CSD
  • Richard  Ganino,  Director of Facilities III, Batavia CSD
  • Robert Garland, Director of Facilities, Enlarged City School District of Troy
  • Jason Godkin, Director of Facilities, Phoenix CSD
  • Michael Goodwin, Assistant Director of Facilities, Saratoga Springs City Schools
  • Mario Lisi, Director of Facilities II, Binghamton City SD
  • Chris Malone, Director of Facilities, Valley Stream 30
  • Scott Reh, Director of Athletics, Mount Sinai UFSD
  • Adam Rubin, Assistant Director of Facilities, Scarsdale UFSD
  • Justin Rushinski, Head of Buildings and Grounds, Salem CSD
  • Richard Russo, Director of Facilities, North Bellmore UFSD
  • Matthew Sanders, Director of Facilities, North Collins CSD
  • Paul Sawyer, Director of Facilities, Hannibal CSD
  • David Spittal, Director of Facilities, Putnam Valley CSD
  • Ellen Taussig, Assistant Director of Facilities, Guilderland CSD
  • Brian Warming, Building Maintenance Supervisor, Monticello CSD
  • Jordan Yager, Director of Facilities III, Oakfield Alabama CSD
  • John Zajac, Health and Safety Technician, Rockland BOCES
New Rochelle District's Disinfecting Is Subject of Video

The City School District of New Rochelle's program of cleaning and disinfecting desks, chairs and pretty much every other surface is in the spotlight.

The Facilities Department's use of new spray applicators districtwide is so comprehensive that it was chosen to be featured in a video demonstrating the EvaClean's Protexus system. The company and a video crew visited Trinity Elementary School recently as custodian Steve Spady used the handheld and backpack applicators filled with the Puretab disinfecting solution in classrooms, the auditorium, restrooms and hallways. The system uses an electrostatic process that causes droplets of the solution, which is safer than bleach, to wrap around objects, making it simple to cover hard-to-reach areas and the most frequently touched surfaces when spraying desks, chairs, doorknobs, restroom fixtures, and even haphazard groups of markers or crayons in trays.

View the video here.
Ripley Fire Alarm Installation Ahead of Schedule

The new fire alarm system being installed in Ripley Central School should be complete and operational nearly two weeks ahead of schedule, board of education members learned at a recent.

Ripley head mechanic Doug Norton told board members that the project was 80-85 percent completed. 

The project would should be ready by Nov. 10, he said. This is 12 days ahead of the projected Nov. 22 date of completion.

Norton said that testing of the new system would begin next week. Also, demolition on the old system has already begun.

Ripley Superintendent William Caldwell praised the workers who have been installing the system, noting how careful they were not to come into the main school area until students had been dismissed. “The crew has been top-notch in every way,” he said. “We are very pleased with the way the project has gone.”
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Six School Buses Burn in Westchester Parking Lot

"Many" children saw the fire that eventually burned six buses in the Byram Hills district lot in Armonk on Friday night, the Byram Hills school superintendent said.

District Superintendent Jen Lamia said Saturday that the fire would not affect the district's transportation or school opening on Monday. 

"In circumstances such as this, it is important to have students resume a normal schedule as soon as possible," she said in an email to parents Friday. "This will depend, of course, on the ability to isolate the scene from view."  

Three cars parked nearby were also damaged.

It was the second fire at the bus yard lot at 9 MacDonald Ave. in the past four months. In August, when three buses caught fire, it was an electrical incident in one bus that spread to the other two, Lamia said. 
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Kingston to Proceed With Project Despite Lower State Aid

District trustees have decided it will be cost-effective to forgo $1.4 million in state aid to move forward with the second phase of the $137.5 million high school project.

Approval was given by unanimous vote of trustees present last week during a Board of Education meeting. Trustees Robin Jacobowitz and Danielle Guido were absent.

“The state Education Department has informed us if we move forward now...we would lose out on (a portion of) in aidable construction,” Superintendent Paul Padalino said.

Following the meeting, Padalino said about $2.3 million in construction costs would not be eligible for $1.4 million in state aid. He said the figures were derived from having about $24 million remaining in the construction budget to renovate and upgrade the original high school building. He noted that most of the $24 million in remaining work will be covered by the same aid rate of 60 percent used for the project’s first phase.
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Bus Stop Fatalities Raise Concern

At least five crashes across the nation last week have hurt or killed children and adults at school bus stops - one week after National School Bus Safety Week.

Many of the accidents are the result of drivers going around stopped buses that have their lights on and a “stop” sign arm on display. The latest two high profile accidents happened Thursday morning.

Police said a 7-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Franklin Township, Pa. In that instance, a bus driver pulled up to the stop at 7 a.m. to pick up the boy and discovered his body.

Police have since ruled that the child “was run over at a slow speed." They said they obtained a search warrant for a vehicle that was in the area at the time and had interviewed the driver.

Another incident occurred Thursday in Tampa, where five children and two adults were hit by a car while waiting at a school bus stop.
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