November 28, 2018

NYS to Offer Courses in Multi-Hazard
Emergency Planning for Schools

The NYS Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will offer two-day courses around the state to provide school safety team members with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to refine or develop an all-hazards school Emergency Response Plan (ERP) that meets NYS regulatory mandates and to identify how to train and exercise the school ERP.

Participants learn how to develop a multi-hazard ERP that engages the whole community. School team members learn how to develop their Basic Plan and Annexes for use during a critical incident response. Critical to successful planning is providing training and exercise to improve every school ERP. In addition to meeting the NYS standards for preparation, this course follows the guidance set forth in the FEMA Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG 101) and is consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Participants MUST be current members of school safety teams; i.e., school staff, local, county or state law enforcement, first  responders or emergency management staff. Participants should be involved in the annual development, review and revision of school buildings ERP (i.e. Superintendents, Principals, Chief Emergency Officers, School Resource Officers, Directors of Security, Transportation or Facilities, and School Business Officials). Each district is encouraged to bring two to four people. 
January 23-24, 2019 Onondaga County January 9 Here
March 27-28, 2019 Warren County March 13 Here
April 2-3, 2019 Herkimer County March 19 Here
Troy Seeks Approval for $3.85M Roof Repair Bond

Leaky roofs over Troy High School classrooms has led the city school district to ask voters to approve a $3.85 million bond for repair costs, which will be mostly paid by state aid.

Voters in Troy and Brunswick will go to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 4 to cast ballots on approving the borrowing for 15 years.

The city school district will draw on $577,500 from its capital reserve fund with the remaining $3,272,500 coming through a 15-year bond.  State aid would cover repaying the bond.

Repairs would start on the project this coming summer if voters approve the bond issue.
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Dolgeville Board May Forgo Restroom Project

The Dolgeville Central School Board of Education may decide to forgo a project remaining under its 2014 capital project and instead use the funds for an alternate project in the district.

District Superintendent Lynn Rhone updated the board about two outstanding projects left under the capital project during a meeting last week. One of the projects included the installation of new bathrooms at the school district’s bus garage.

Rhone, after viewing plans for it, suggested during the meeting that the board forgo the project. “I don’t like the plans,” she said during the meeting.

Board President Robert Maxwell said the estimated cost for the restroom project is $300,000.
“It’d be different if there wasn’t one there already,” he said during a telephone interview. ”... We could put that off and use it for more things in the building, such as emergency lighting or for another alternate project.”
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Vote on $36.8M Dutchess BOCES Renovation Scheduled

The Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services is asking school district voters on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to approve a $36.8 million plan to renovate BOCES' Salt Point Turnpike campus, which will allow its programs to be consolidated at the facility.

Under the proposal, Dutchess County BOCES would add about 60,000 square feet to the current 262,963-square-foot facility.
The project, financed with a 20-year bond, would include construction of an alternative high school. Officials said the alternative high school program has about 130 students from the district’s 13 component school districts. Overall, about 1,100 students participate in various Dutchess County BOCES programs during the academic year.

Assistant Superintendent Sherre Wesley said earlier this year that the current alternative high school program occupies rented space.
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Schools Rethinking ‘College for All’

Public education in the United States changes very slowly — except when it changes fast.
As recently as the mid-1990s, less than one-fifth of women in this country and one-quarter of men held four-year degrees.

Gains in artificial intelligence, computing power and robotics over the next decade enabled industry to automate tasks in middle-skill and manufacturing jobs that for generations had employed workers with less than four-year degrees, while radically boosting the demand for high levels of education.

In his first address to Congress in 2008, President Barack Obama urged “every American” to pursue education beyond high school for at least one year.  He pledged to provide “the support necessary to allow for all young Americans to complete college” and vowed that the U.S. would have the world’s highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.

Civil rights groups, who chafed at the tracking of students of color into dead-end vocational programs, and reformers who backed tougher school accountability all believed that aiming to send every student to a four-year college should be a core mission of public schools.

But Obama’s remarks toggled between college and career, implying that higher education, especially four-year schools, were not the optimal destination for all high school graduates. Ruinous college completion rates and the student debt crisis attested to the folly of the “college for all” approach, youth advocates argued. In 2009, just 30.6 percent of Americans had a bachelor’s degree or higher.
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