February 27, 2019

Advocacy Day Is Next Week!

We gather in Albany on Tuesday, March 5 to voice our support for school facilities! We are holding a  preparatory webinars with Hinman Straub Friday, March 1 at 12 noon. Click on the date to the left to register for a webinar. In addition, we will have an in-person briefing at the Hampton Inn Downtown Albany on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. (no registration required). You are encouraged to attend at least ONE of these sessions to review our talking points and schedule for the day.

As always, our goal is to have all 18 of our Chapters represented in Albany on Advocacy Day. In doing so, we are able to meet with lawmakers and represent our school districts from all areas of the state. There is still time to register, but please do so quickly so we can organize your appointments with legislators. For assistance, please contact Robin at 518.465.0563 or info@nyssfa.com.

The schedule for the day is as follows:
Tuesday, March 5    
8 a.m. Shuttle  Hampton Inn to Empire State Plaza
8:30 a.m. Coffee and Snacks Third-Floor Terrace, Legislative Office Building
10 a.m. First Legislative Appointments  State Capitol and Legislative Office Building
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Boxed Lunches Available Third-Floor Terrace, Legislative Office Building
3:30 p.m. Last Legislative Appointments State Capitol and Legislative Office Building
4 p.m. Shuttle Empire State Plaza to Hampton Inn
Register today!

Classrooms of The Future Summit

Wednesday, March 6 | Albany, NY
Chancellors Hall, New York State Education Building

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. REGISTER today!
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Valley Central Considers Upgrades to Six Buildings

Valley Central school officials are considering various improvements at the district’s six school buildings that might be included in a bond proposal to be submitted to voters at a future date.

Cost estimates for all the work total more than $24 million.

However, the top priority is a $7.48 million project that includes redesigning the approaches for cars and buses that pick up and drop off students in front of the high school/middle school complex on Route 17K.

That work would be done in anticipation of a state Department of Transportation project that would put at least one traffic signal on 17K and add turning lanes to reduce congestion on the highway.
The DOT does not expect to open bids for that work until the summer of 2020.

Work would begin in the fall of 2020 and be completed by the summer of 2021, according to DOT estimates.
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State Building Aid Change Could Be Costly for Wealthy Districts

Much of the debate over school spending this year is over how much should go to rich vs poor districts. And while Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the education lobby are far apart on how much to spend overall, they mostly agree that equity between rich and poor is important.

But a proposal to change the building aid part of the package, which reimburses schools for construction and renovation projects, could be particularly costly to some wealthy suburban districts.

According to the governor’s proposal — which if approved by lawmakers would take full effect in 2020 — districts like Saratoga Springs could lose millions of dollars in building aid over the years going forward, based on an analysis by Association of School Business Officials of New York.
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Kingston Schools Join Statewide Computer Lab Initiative

The Kingston City School District Board of Education has agreed to participate in Science Lab Initiative II, a state program that will provide $20,000 in equipment to each of the district's seven elementary schools.

At a Board of Education meeting last week, officials said the program will be administered by the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz.

“Last year we had a similar resolution for the middle schools,” district Superintendent Paul Padalino said.

The district's two middle schools last year each received $50,000 for equipment to be used in conjunction with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

“Now (state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston) has arranged ... to do STEM labs in our elementary schools as well,” Padalino said. “This is in addition to the money that we received last year for the same purpose. So, we’re going to have (kindergarten through eighth grade) STEM labs in our school buildings.”
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Report: Homeless Student Population Soaring

The number of students in kindergarten through the 12th grade who are homeless has increased by 70 percent over the last decade, according to new federal data that also suggests it shows no signs of slowing.

The report, published this month by the National Center for Homeless Education, housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, provides a three-year snapshot of homeless from the 2014-15 school year through the 2016-17 school year using federal data reported annually to the Department of Education by states.

Over the three-year span, the number of enrolled students reported as experiencing homelessness at some point increased 7 percent, from 1.26 million students in the 2014-15 school year to 1.36 million students in the 2016-17 school year. Nine states tallied increases of upward of 20 percent over the last three years, and 20 states reported a growth in their homeless student populations of 10 percent or more.
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Upcoming Events

Advocacy Day
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

Fall Conference & Expo
October 13-16, 2019 | Saratoga Springs

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Upcoming Events

March 5, 2019: Advocacy Day

March 6, 2019: Classrooms of the Future Summit

October 13-16, 2019: NYS School Facilities Managers' Annual Conference & Expo, Saratoga Springs, NY

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