April 17, 2019

Now Accepting Applications for Mills and NYSIR Scholarships

The Richard P. Mills Scholarship was started in 2009 by SFA and SFMI leaders to recognize New York State Commissioner of Education Mills' dedication and leadership, and his particular support of SFA members and their important work relating to school facilities. The Richard P. Mills Scholarship is open to all SFA Active and Affiliate members with seven or fewer years of service who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to the school facilities profession and a promise for future leadership. Apply for a scholarship to the 2019 School Facilities Managers' Conference & Expo in October and Academy in December here.

Thanks to the generosity of the New York State Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR), we are also able to offer five scholarships for NYSSFA members to attend the 2019 School Facilities Managers Expo and Conference.Nominations are to be made by Chapter Presidents or State Directors. Nominees must be first-time conference attendees and SFA members in good standing. Download the application form 

The deadline to send in nominations is FRIDAY, JUNE 28. 
Submit Your Nomination for Third VP

This is your opportunity to nominate an outstanding leader to serve on SFA's Executive Board.  

Holding the position of Third Vice President is a rewarding way to give back to the School Facilities Association, make connections and continue to learn about what's new and exciting in the world of DOFs. 

We encourage interested members to reach out to Chapter or State Association Leaders to learn more about the responsibilities of these positions. The prerequisites for service as an officer include prior service as a State Director for a minimum of one year and/or President of a local chapter who has attended at least one Leadership Weekend. Please email your nominations by May 30. This deadline is part of our bylaws, to which we must strictly adhere.

What do you need to do? Simply:
  • Email your nomination to info@nyssfa.com
  • Include a statement about the candidate’s qualifications
  • Submit it by May 30.
For more information or to volunteer to serve on a committee contact Association Headquarters..

Thank you for your dedication and support! 
‘Future-Ready’ Classrooms Finished in South Glens Falls

Additional classrooms outlined nearly four years ago have been completed at Ballard and Tanglewood Elementary School in South Glens Falls Central School District.

Eight new classrooms have been built in total, six at Ballard and two at Tanglewood, with another four being renovated at Ballard to match the newly constructed rooms.

The construction and renovations were first proposed in 2015, and now the “future-ready” classrooms have been designed and built with collaboration and technology integration in mind, according to the district’s Technology Integration Specialist Jerilyn Stellato.

Stellato said the new classrooms contain a multitude of features aimed at flexibility in instruction. Movable furniture, interactive hardware and walls that can be written on allow teachers to create an environment that changes with children’s needs and the content of their lessons.
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New Ballfields in Lockport Raise Concern

Questions have been raised about Lockport City School District's new artificial turf baseball fields on Beattie Avenue. 

The two baseball fields are part of the district's 2016 Capital Improvement Project, which also included a soccer/lacrosse field at the high school and the football field behind Emmet Belknap Intermediate School.

District administrators had originally proposed development of two baseball fields and two softball fields at once on the Beattie Avenue parcel, but ultimately asked voters to approve a capital project with two baseball fields only, to keep down the cost.

Some have asked whether the absence of new softball fields violates Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions receiving federal aid.
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Reconfiguration Scenarios Taking Shape in Niskayuna

A handful of scenarios for adjusting how grade levels are distributed across Niskayuna's eight school buildings are beginning to take shape as a consultant and community committee finalize a report for the school board.

The options, which consultant Paul Seversky cautioned are still being modified, include a look at trimming the number of grades served at neighborhood elementary schools and converting the district's middle schools into districtwide buildings serving two or three grades.

One draft option, for example, envisions five neighborhood elementary schools serving pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, all district fifth and sixth graders attending Van Antwerp, students in seventh and eighth grades attending Iroquois, and the high school grade structure remaining as ninth through 12th grades.
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Brushton-Moira Board Oks Emergency Septic Work

Following some tense discussions and a last-minute change of heart, the Brushton-Moira Central Board of Education has authorized the construction of a nearly $1 million septic system to replace a facility that is failing.

The approval came despite board members’ concerns about the price of the project and the ongoing cost of maintaining the new system once it is installed.

The project was deemed an emergency after the state found the school’s existing 60-year-old septic system –– which dates from when the school was first built –– was not functioning properly, Superintendent Todd LaPage told the board earlier this week. The system had been pumped out twice this year so far –– at a cost of $6,000 each time –– but the infiltration of solids into areas of the system that are meant to only handle only liquids prompted the state to demand the system be replaced, he said.

If something is not done soon and the system fails completely, the state could order the school to be shut down, LaPage added.
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Schools Rethinking Active-Shooter Drills

Heidi Lee Pottinger’s 4-year-old son was at a football game last fall with his father when, following a touchdown, celebratory fireworks rocketed into the sky. Panicked by the popping sounds, the little boy turned to his dad. “Active shooter!” he cried, tears in his eyes.

Pottinger’s son is one of millions of schoolchildren in America who have done active shooter and lockdown drills. The exercises, a legacy of the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School rampage, are intended to prepare teachers and students for the rare threat of a gunman opening fire in their school.

As the drills have intensified, students’ anxieties have swelled. Some are not told that the lockdowns are just drills, prompting them to send what they believe are final goodbyes over text to their parents or faint or throw up. Others are afraid to go to school in the days following the drills.

As a result, a growing number of schools are experimenting with ways to lessen the toll of the drills while still doing everything possible to keep students safe. For some school districts, that means using age-appropriate language; for others, it involves having guidance counselors or school psychologists available during and after the drills. But even relatively tame active shooter drills with plenty of warning can traumatize students, critics say, raising the question of whether schools should do them at all.
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