March 13, 2019

SFMI, SFA Officers Attend National Conference

SFMI Accreditation and Corporate Liaison Committee Chairman Keith Watkins, CDF (left) and SFA President Paul Rooney (right) recently attended the National School Plant Managers Association (NSPMA) Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.

To the right of Watkins, who is currently Vice President, are NSPMA President-elect Rick Walters, President John Rome and past President Kim Keener.
Public School Fire Safety Manual and Forms Updated

The Public School Fire Safety Manual and Public School Fire Safety Report Form have been updated to include Question #16D-2 regarding carbon monoxide detection and alarm systems.  Please use the updated versions of the manual and form.
Thank You for to Those Who Attended Advocacy Day!

Last week we gathered in Albany to voice our support for school facilities! We had more than 80 members and business partners attend to meet with legislators.  

We are a stronger organization when we voice our unified message. Thank you to all who participated; your efforts are appreciated!

Classrooms of The Future Summit a Smash Success

Last Wednesday, March 6 more than 150 facilities professionals gathered at Chancellors Hall in Albany for the 2019 Classrooms of The Future Summit. We kicked off the day with Senator Shelley Mayer, Chair of the Committee on Education. We thank the Senator for speaking on her birthday!

SFMI Co-Chair Carl Thurnau, PE gave a brief update on the coming Building Condition Survey in 2020, then the group had two sessions focusing on mold requirements and remediation. The day ended with an update by Rosanne Groff, Coordinator, NYSED Office of Facilities Planning.

Our members are dedicated to their professional development. Thank you for all that you do for your school districts!
Top left: Honorable Shelley Mayer, Chair, Senate Committee on Education
Top right: Carl Thurnau, PE, Director of Facilities, City School District of New Rochelle
Bottom left:  Todd Crawford, Research Scientist, NYS Department of Health
Bottom right: Eileen Franko, Director, Division of Safety and Health, NYS Department of Labor
Former Kenmore-Tonawanda School Building Sold to Developer

The Ken-Ton School District has completed its $1 million sale of the former Philip Sheridan school to a developer that plans to convert the building to senior apartments.

The School Board accepted the offer from CMS Rentals LLC in March 2018, and voters approved the transaction last May.

The sale didn't close until Wednesday in part because the district needed to remove old heating oil storage tanks from the property, spokesman Patrick Fanelli said.
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Kingston Board Awards Contracts for High School Upgrades

The Kingston City School District Board of Education has approved more than $24 million worth of contracts with five bidders for renovations to the main building at Kingston High School.

The upcoming work is part of a multiyear, $137.5 million expansion and renovation project at the school's Broadway campus in Midtown Kingston.

School district Superintendent Paul Padalino said work in the main building will begin as soon as this year's summer recess begins.

“Now that the contractors are in place, they’ll be starting as soon as the kids walk out the door in June,” he said.
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Newly Merged District Considers Further Consolidation

Westport High School student Hudson Stephens feels strongly that the newly merged Westport and Elizabethtown-Lewis central schools should put the elementary grades in one facility.

“I grew up in Westport with the same 15 students and love them all dearly, but I would have loved to have had 15 more,” he said.

The initial merger study had proposed that each school keep the elementary students, with the junior high situated in Westport and senior high in Elizabethtown.

At the board's first meeting, it was suggested that perhaps the elementary grades should be consolidated in one building.

That brought lots of feedback during two public comment sessions at the new board's second meeting.
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Bill Would Allow Districts to Add Holidays 

New York is a diverse melting pot, and now there’s a push to make school calendars look that way, too.

A bill being considered in Albany could add religious holidays to the academic year.

 “It’s only appropriate and fair to extend a holiday like Diwali or Eid or Vaisakhi to people from the South Asian community,” said state Sen. Kevin Thomas, D-Garden City. “These are like Christmas and New Year.”

Thomas, New York’s first senator of Indian descent, is sponsoring a bill to give districts the ability to close on six additional religious holidays — two Islamic, two Hindu, one Sikh and Christian Good Friday. The bill would allow school closure when at least 7.5 percent of the student population is of that faith.
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May 9-11, 2019 | Bear Mountain

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