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December 19, 2018

TODAY: 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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Boards Seek Tax Cap Exemption for BOCES Projects

The New York State School Boards Association is asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation that would give BOCES capital projects the same exemption  from tax levy limits that public school systems enjoy.

The Kingston school board discussed the request last week but didn't vote on it.  Officials said their inability to exempt BOCES projects increases costs for component school districts.

“When (it was) initially implemented, the state interpreted the exclusion to only include districts’ capital expenditures, not those our school districts make to fund the capital expenditures related to BOCES facilities,” Kingston Board of Education Trustee James Shaughnessy said.
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Poughkeepsie School Building Conditions Spark Complaints, Suits

Poughkeepsie City School District building conditions have played a part in lawsuits and complaints over the past few years, records show.

In April, an unnamed employee alleged that "teachers have gotten sick due to environment of working in basement classrooms" at Clinton Elementary School, and blamed "possible mold contamination and poor indoor air quality," according to a report from the state Department of Labor's Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) bureau.

PESH does not check for mold behind walls, in heating, ventilating or air-conditioning systems, or in any other "hidden" areas.

In the areas of Clinton it did check, "no mold was visible... and there were no mold/mildew-type odors noticed anywhere," PESH said in an investigation report. "Some general air screening sampling was conducted in six locations in the basement," and tests for air contaminants such as carbon monoxide were negative.
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Struggling Fort Edward District Considers Merger

In an effort to stave off fiscal shortfalls and survive an expected drop in enrollment, Fort Edward Union Free School District is exploring a merger with either South Glens Falls Central Schools or Hudson Falls Central School District.

Fort Edward schools Superintendent Daniel Ward said that a payment to GE of $1.85 million in a tax dispute, along with continuous tax legal challenges from the company that leased to GE, is disrupting its tax base and leaving the district in a financially perilous position.

The tiny district in Washington County currently has around 500 students housed in one building that serves prekindergarten through grade 12.

"There could come a time when we can't pass our budget because we don't have enough people in the community who are connected to the school district," Ward said.
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State Gun Control Measures Surge in Wake of Parkland Shooting

After the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., in February, Congress did not act. But state legislatures did, passing 69 gun control measures this year — more than any other year since the Newtown, Conn., massacre in 2012, and more than three times the number passed in 2017.

According to an end-of-year report by the national advocacy group Giffords, provided to The New York Times before its publication this week, more than half of the states passed at least one gun control measure in 2018.

The report also found a decrease in measures enacted to expand access to firearms — a major change from the year after the Newtown shooting, when a surge in gun control laws was matched by a surge in gun rights expansions.

This year, legislators rejected about 90 percent of state-level bills backed by the National Rifle Association, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group created by Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire and former New York City mayor.
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