November 14, 2018

Academy Update: Only Five More Slots Left for Personnel Track; Seven Left for Managers' Track!

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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New York State Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is committed to promoting safe learning environments where students and teachers work collaboratively in pursuit of academic excellence and social and emotional growth. NYSED has published a web page that provides safety resources and guidance to school officials about the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act. It also provides a guidance document for the completion of school safety plans. The information is especially useful for school administrators and others concerned about school safety.
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Updated Public School Fire Safety Reports
The Public School Fire Safety Manual and Fire Safety Report Form have been updated and are now available on our website.  Please see the following links to updated forms:
Oswego Chapter Honors Retirees

The Oswego County Chapter of NYSSFA recently met at the Oswego Country Club to honor a few retirees. Over the past year, several very active members of our Chapter have retired. Paul Etz, Director of Facilities for the Pulaski School District; Jerry Sequin, Director of Facilities for Fulton City School District; Angelo Vescio, Head of Maintenance for the Fulton City School District; and Lee Dusharm, past Director of Facilities and most recently Safety and Risk Officer for CiTi BOCES. All these gentlemen take with them decades of service, experience and dedication. We wish them all of the best in their retirement and will miss them dearly. 
Auburn Shows Off BOCES Culinary, Tech Operations

The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce Business After 5 sponsored an event which included catering by Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Culinary Arts Department, tours of technology classrooms and a display of projects funded through Auburn Education Foundation grant proposals, co-sponsored by the foundation and the Auburn school district.
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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Onteora Considers Changing Middle School Grade Lineup

The Onteora school district is considering whether to hire a consultant to evaluate a possible addition of grades to the middle school.

Onteora Middle School, on Route 28 in Boiceville, currently has seventh- and eighth-graders. School district Superintendent Victoria McLaren said that configuration has not been reviewed in more than seven years.

“Having been in the district for 14 years, I have seen two separate committees research the middle school configuration for Onteora, and they both recommended expanding the grade configuration. But that recommendation has not been acted upon,” she said.

McLaren said hiring a consultant would be in line with the Board of Education's goal of developing a long-term districtwide plan to deal with declining enrollment. 
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Police Make Arrest in Lockport Bomb Threat

Lockport Police Department has made an arrest in a bomb threat reported last Wednesday. 

A juvenile was charged with falsely reporting an incident, a class D felony. 

The bomb threat prompted the evacuation of Lockport High School. 

LPD, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, The Erie County Sheriff's Office, Buffalo Police Department, Parks Police and Border Patrol all responded to the scene. With the different agencies, there were 11 different canines used to help search the high school, which Lockport Police Department Interim Chief Steven Preisch says would have been a difficult task without the additional assistance. 

Preisch said nothing was found by authorities during a search of the building.
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Artificial Turf Gaining in Popularity for School Fields

Remember playing on grass?

One day that might be akin to asking about VCRs or 8-track cassette players.

We’re not there, yet.

Scholastic sports teams still play games on natural surfaces, but spiffy synthetic-turf fields have been popping up with eye-raising frequency, state-of-the-art masterpieces that can be a source of community pride and a selling point for schools.
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