December 12, 2018

REGISTER NOW: Civil Service DOF Test Prep Webinar

Join Association leaders for a free lunch-and-learn webinar in preparation for the upcoming  Director of Facilities Civil Service Exam on January 5, 2019.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 12-1 p.m.

Seasoned DOFs will review potential test questions and important study topics; a Q&A session will follow.

This webinar will be recorded and posted at www.nyssfa.com for those who cannot attend or who would like to use it for additional study! Additional information on the Civil Service test, along with study materials, is located here.
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Another Sold-Out Academy in the Books

Nearly 70 attendees joined SFA and SFMI officers, staff, sponsors and guest speakers for a sold-out educational program last week in Latham. The two-day School Facilities Managers' and Personnel Academies were held at the NYS School Boards Association.

Seminar topics addressed the latest information needed to create and maintain high performing learning environments for K-12 students, faculty and staff. Industry experts provided best practices on improving hiring and interviewing techniques, conducting evaluations, legal issues, managing stakeholders and more.  Participants earned 10.5 continuing education credits and received a certificate of completion at the end.

Many thanks to NYSIR and Utica National for each extending five scholarships to our members, and thank you to our sponsors: Cisco/Core BTS, C&S Companies, Day Automation, Hillyard, Hunt Engineers | Architects | Surveyors and QWare!
More than 35 professionals learned the fundamentals of school facilities management at the
School Facilities Managers' Academy in Latham last week.
Nearly 40 school facilities professionals from all corners of New York State attended the
School Facilities Managers' Personnel Academy in Latham last week.
Clockwise from top left:
SFA President Paul Rooney and SFMI Co-Chairs Carl Thurnau (left) and Brian Bentley, CDF (right) congratulate
Joe Pollinger, CDF (center) on receiving the Richard Mills scholarship at the School Facilities Managers' Academy.

The Mid-Hudson Chapter awarded four people its Henry Cibelli Mentoring Scholarship to attend Academy.

SFA and SFMI Officers congratulate the recipients of this year's New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR)
scholarships to attend the School Facilities Managers' Academy.

SFA and SFMI Officers congratulate the recipients of this year's Utica National Insurance scholarships to attend the
School Facilities Managers' Academy.

New Request for Proposals for Third-Party Vendor Review of School District Capital Project Submissions to NYS Education Department

The Office of Facilities Planning, together with Citi BOCES, has continued to work hard to reduce the time between submission of school district capital projects to NYSED and the issuance of building permits by offering an option to school districts to choose to have their project submission sent to a third-party vendor for review.

At this time, CiTi BOCES is seeking additional vendors to perform third-party architectural/engineering review of projects submitted to the NYS Education Department. Please visit the CiTi BOCES website where the latest Request for Proposals has been posted.

Please visit the Office of Facilities Planning home page at for more additional information about the third-party project Review Process.
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Gowanda School Board Considers Later Start Time

Despite its controversial nature in other school districts, a later start time for Gowanda Middle/High School students was met with enthusiasm by members of the Gowanda Central School Board, and there were no members of the public who commented on the matter at the board’s most recent meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson made a presentation on the potential benefits and challenges of a later start time for middle and high school students, who currently start their school day at 7:15 a.m. and 7:32 a.m., respectively.

“Historically, this is probably the third time in my tenure here that we’ve talked about this at our table,” Anderson said when beginning his presentation. “It’s timely and I know other schools across the area are contemplating later starts for students.” Renewed interest in the discussion was prompted by board member Mark Nephew a few weeks ago, according to Anderson.

Anderson asked board members to consider his evidenced-based presentation and focus on what is in students’ best interest. He referenced several peer-reviewed medical journal articles, which discussed the “circadian rhythms” of teens and the level of melatonin in their changing brains, beginning during puberty.
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Construction on Schenectady Elementary Schools Set for Spring

Construction work in six Schenectady elementary schools is on schedule to start as soon as April, with the biggest overhauls planned at Martin Luther King and Woodlawn schools.

The projects were on track to be approved soon by state officials and scheduled to go out to contractor bids in early-2019, Larry Tune of Turner Construction told the city school board last week.

The construction is part of a $64.5 million capital project approved by voters in 2017 and focused primarily at the elementary school level. Some early work has been done in crawl spaces under the high school and to improve Lincoln Elementary’s boiler system, but the construction slated to start in the spring and intensify over the summer will have broader impact.

Woodlawn and MLK are both set to get about $13 million in work, remaking entrances, main offices, libraries, classrooms and the guts that run the buildings. A handful of other schools – Lincoln, Paige, Van Corlaer and Zoller elementary schools and Schenectady High School – are set for work ranging from $500,00 to $4 million, some of which has already started.
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Greenburgh Slashes $51 Million From Building Plan

With an ear to cash-strapped taxpayers, the Greenburgh Central school board has slashed $51 million from its plan to build a new school and consolidate all students to its Warburg campus.

Nevertheless, the proposal was trimmed to $115 million, but will still be the largest ever put before voters in a Lower Hudson Valley school district. Voters will decide in a Feb. 12 referendum.

“Reaching this exciting moment has taken some careful consideration of our needs as a district, along with some very thoughtful compromises,” said Superintendent of Schools Tahira DuPree Chase.

Those compromises include delaying repairs to Woodlands High School, which were planned in the original proposal. Chase said those repairs could be made sometime in the future, without having to borrow for construction. The proceeds from the sale of two schools that will close – Highview and R.J. Bailey – could be used to fund the high school repairs.
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Report: School Spending Is Up

Despite a growing chorus of teachers and public school advocates complaining about America's spending on its public schools, spending actually increased 2.9 percent between fiscal year 2015 and 2016, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics.  

America collected $678.4 billion for its public schools in the 2016 fiscal year and spent $596.1 billion. 
But how that money is divvied up between districts and schools across the country varies dramatically. 

The District of Columbia spent $27,067 per pupil in fiscal 2016 and New York spent $24,717, for example, while Idaho spent $8,258 and Utah spent $8,408 in 2016. The nation on average spends $11,841 per student.

Local revenue increased by 3.7 percent, state revenue increased by 4.9 percent, and federal revenue increased by 1.1 percent in that same fiscal year.
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