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February 6, 2019

Join us in Albany For Advocacy Day on March 5

Make your voice heard! Join leaders from the New York State School Facilities Association on Tuesday, March 5 to advocate for school facilities! Each year the NYSSFA leadership joins our Legislative representatives at Hinman Straub to meet with New York State Legislators to educate them on the issues that are affecting our schools.

All School Facilities Directors are asked to join Association leaders in communicating our school facilities' legislative and regulatory priorities. Please take this opportunity to support school facilities in NYS. Legislators need to hear a unified message from our members!
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Get Closer to the Top by Attending Classrooms of the Future Summit!

Join us Wednesday, March 6  as experts review the requirements and timetable of the Building Condition Survey (BCS) coming in 2021. Following that, our training program will focus on one aspect of the BCS: Mold remediation. As always, our Summit will feature a timely update from the State Education Department's Office of Facilities Planning. More details to follow!
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Genesee Valley Chapter Attends Boiler Training 

Genesee Valley Chapter Facility Directors were on hand for Boiler Training Hosted by Utica National and FM Global Boiler Inspectors on January 17.

PJ Fannon, Facility Director from LeRoy Central School, hosted the event at the high school.

In addition to discussing different types of boiler and inspection guidelines, this training zoned in on potential boiler hazards and how to develop a comprehensive maintenance plan to avoid them.   

NYSSFA Genesee Valley Chapter DOFs who attended (in no particular order) were Dave Barber, Attica CSD; Matt DellaPenna, Genesee Valley BOCES; Vernon Baker, Wyoming CSD; Ed Papke, Warsaw CSD; Tom Curtin, Geneseo CSD; Edwin Alvord, Elba CSD; David Wolfanger, Perry CSD; Brandon Zingaro, Mt. Morris CSD; Mike Nuwer, Pembroke CSD; PJ Fannon, LeRoy CSD; Roger Caldwell, Byron-Bergen CSD.

In addition to DOFs, some Maintenance Mechanics from Oakfield, Letchworth, Elba, Attica, Pembroke and LeRoy attended the workshop.
 
Mid-Hudson Chapter to Hold Second Annual Dick Roberts Golf Outing 

Join us for a great day of golf on Wednesday, May 22 at the Beekman golf club.  There will be prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive, and overall scores. Proceeds go towards Mid-Hudson scholarships.

Hurry and register for a fun filled day of golf with friends!
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Greet Our January New Members With an Email! 
  • Michael PelliccioSuperintendent of Buildings & Grounds, Mount Vernon City School District
  • David GreenAssistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations, East Rochester UFSD
  • James StapletonDirector of Facilities, Cohoes City SD
 
Study Weighs Pros, Cons of Rural District Mergers

Over the course of just 10 years, 96.7 percent of New York rural school districts have had declining enrollment and 84.9 percent have had drops of at least 10 percent, according to a 2017 study on rural schools by the New York State Association of School Business Officials.

At 340 districts, rural schools make up slightly more than half of all statewide districts, yet they receive little more than 15 percent of state aid.

The study shows poverty rates at these districts are also on the rise. 

With enrollment and financial challenges such as these, it is no wonder, then, that schools may look to combine resources and reduce costs by merging districts, which the Gowanda Central School Board discussed at its meeting last week. “It’s time to start reaching out and talk about tuition agreements, maybe merging,” Gowanda School Board member Mark Nephew said. “Merging school districts brings in quite a bit of money.”
 
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Skaneateles Superintendent Reviews Safety Upgrades, Capital Work

Skaneateles Central School District Superintendent Lynda Quick went over the district's past, present and future at a community forum last week.

Safety and security have been a major priority for the district, Quick said, as every school except for State Street Elementary School has the same layers of security meant to stop visitors from reaching student areas without hitting additional security. State Street, which already has the buzzer system the other buildings do, will receive the other security upgrades in a $100,000 capital outlay project set to be completed by April.

Quick also offered updates on Project 2021, the $36.5 million capital project community members approved in November 2017. It is slated to include reconstruction and various improvements for the district's buildings. The project's first phase has received state approval, with it set to go up to bid in February and the first phase finishing in the summer. 
 
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Saranac Central Voters Approve Capital Project

Saranac Central School District voters have approved a $19.2 million proposed capital project. The final count was 181 to 93 in favor of pushing the project forward.

“This is work that really needs to get done, and I'm also very appreciative of all of the members of our Facilities Committee, who've worked hard over the last year to put this altogether,” said Jonathan Parks, Saranac Central superintendent.

The committee had a three-pronged attack: safety and security, infrastructure (roofs, site work, heating and ventilation system) and educational space enhancements.

Saranac Elementary School was budgeted for $5,783,403; Morrisonville Elementary School would get $4,905,508; Saranac Middle School allocated $2,296,250 and Saranac High School gets $6,214,839.
 
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Cold Snap Fuels Debate Over Closings, Delays

As a blast of Arctic weather swept across the country, Waterbury, Conn., schools superintendent Verna Ruffin consulted forecasts and transportation officials before making the call: Schools in the hilly New England city would delay opening by two hours Thursday. Within hours, social media was ablaze with criticism.

Some parents said schools should be closed entirely due to temperatures near zero degrees. With little snow on the ground, others questioned why schools should be affected at all.

The extreme weather that shuttered schools across a swath of the northern United States this week spurred similar debates over when such calls are appropriate, and whether school districts today might be getting "soft," as suggested by Kentucky's governor.

The debates also provoked conversations about the disruptions of school closures or delays on working families and poor students.
 
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Upcoming Events

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March 5, 2019 | Albany

Classrooms of the Future Summit
March 6, 2019 | Albany

Leadership Weekend
May 9-11, 2019 | Bear Mountain

Fred Hack Memorial Golf Tournament
October 12, 2019 | Saratoga Lake

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October 13-16, 2019 | Saratoga Springs

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