January 9, 2019

National School Plant Managers Association Newsletter
Features SFA Conference 

SFA was honored to welcome Rick Walters, incoming President of the National School Plant Managers Association (NSPMA), to our 2018 Fall Conference and Expo.

The most recent issue of the NSPMA newsletter featured Rick's attendance at our conference, including information on SFA's accreditation programs. Click on the image of the article at the right to read in its entirety.  

The top photo pictures Rick with SFA Past President Keith Watkins, CDF, will ascend to the role of NSPMA Vice President this spring in Baton Rouge. SFA President Paul Rooney will represent SFA at the national conference.
SED Continues to Offer Third-Party Review Process for
Eligible Capital Projects

The Office of Facilities Planning, in conjunction with CiTi BOCES (the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation/Oswego BOCES), will continue to offer the option of outsourcing eligible capital project submissions to third-party vendors through 2019.

Please see an updated memo with information about what projects are eligible to be outsourced, including certain Energy Performance Contract (EPC) projects, and how to request a third-party review for your project submission.

Here is an updated Frequently Asked Questions document about the third-party review process.

More information about the third-party review process can be found on the SED website here.

Mid-Hudson Chapter Supports Food Drives

On November 10, 2018 the Mid-Hudson Chapter of NYSSFA supported the efforts of the Rip van Winkle council of the Boys Scouts of America with a $250 donation to the annual food drive. The Scouting for Food Program is a 30-year tradition which supports 35 food pantries in Ulster and Greene counties with an average of 50,000 items per year.  

The distribution of these food products, more than two million items and 500 tons to date, is done by community volunteers and Scouts at the UPS center in Kingston.  Scout Master Len Cleveland has overseen Scouting for Food Program for many years and wants to remind everyone that hunger in a year round issue in our communities. Mr. Cleveland thanked the Mid-Hudson Chapter for its donation and encourages all of us to support the food pantries year round.

In addition, the Chapter donated $250 to the LaGrange Food Bank. Member John Bergin (right) is pictured with a food pantry volunteer after dropping off a food donation.
Struggling Buffalo Charter School to Close

A charter school that struggled in recent years to attract enough students will close at the end of this school year in June.

The board of trustees for the Aloma D. Johnson Charter School in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood withdrew its application with the state Education Department to renew the school’s charter.

Board President Jerry Linder said the school simply didn't have the finances to continue as it is currently structured.

“Parents wanted a school that was K through eight, and you can’t blame them,” said Linder. “We were not able to provide that.”

The school has operated since 2008 with grades kindergarten through four. About 255 students are currently enrolled and will need to find other schools for next fall. About 35 staff, including teachers, aides and administrators, also will be searching for new jobs.
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Gowanda on the Hook for Capital Project Lawsuit Fees

Just one week before last month’s $31 million capital project vote, Gowanda Central School district resident Charles Toy filed a lawsuit against the school regarding the district’s handling of the project.

According to board member Mark Nephew, the case was dismissed due to jurisdictional matters; however, the district must still deal with the thousands of dollars in legal fees accrued in the process, which was a topic at the most recent board of education meeting.

“The minimum right now is about $18,000 for our defense,” he said.

The lawsuit alleged, among other things, that the district, according to the proposed capital project, was planning to pay more than the assessed value for a parcel of land that will allow the school to expand the baseball fields.
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Bus Crashes into Elementary Building in Greece; No Injuries

A school bus driver who accidentally stepped on the gas pedal drove a bus into a Greece elementary school Thursday morning. 

While lining up to drop off students at Holmes Road Elementary, the driver of Bus No. 365 accidentally pressed the gas instead of the brake pedal and drove the bus into the side of the school, said Laurel Heiden, the district's spokeswoman.

Two students and a bus monitor were also on board, though no one was injured, Heiden said.
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Support Grows for Removing Polling Places From Schools

Elections would soon be dismissed from New York schools if some state lawmakers have their way. 
At least three bills before the state Legislature seek to relocate or remove polling places from schools — an idea that first began circulating around Albany in 2014 following several high-profile school shootings and threats of terrorism.

Despite an increased push for school safety in recent years, legislation seeking to remove polling places from schools has failed to gain any traction.

The idea, however, appears to be gaining momentum, and perhaps more importantly, bipartisan support. 
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