Critical Issues Summit
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally to Achieve Your School Facility Goals
Wednesday, March 8
Chancellors Hall at the New York State Education Department
More than 140 School facilities professionals and affiliated companies from around New York state met to hear industry experts and their peers discuss the importance of the budgetary process, using real-time data to make informed purchasing decisions, how to collaborate on a project with all stakeholders and best practices on moving projects to completion.
The opening session featured a beautiful national tribute by Hannah Eustis and Lydia Martin of Schuylerville High School’s Chamber Choir. Immediately following, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia recognized school facilities directors and their staffs for their work and their important role in creating a healthy, safe learning environment for public high school students. Commissioner Elia, also announced the appointment of Rosanne Groff, R.A. as the Coordinator of the Office of Facilities Planning.
Sherri Fisher, Assistant Superintendent for Management Services and Strategic Planning for the South Colonie CSD presented a business official’s perspective on best practices in developing a maintenance budget and plan using data-driven information to assist facilities directors in making informed purchasing decisions and advocating for their school district’s maintenance, purchasing and construction needs.
Keith Watkins, CDF, Director of Facilities of Phoenix CSD, Kim Parahus, Director of Facilities and Operations of Hewlett-Woodmere UFSD, Elliot Garcia, Director of Facilities and Operations of Hyde Park CSD and Bryan Manning, A.I.A., Managing Priniciple of CS Arch presented a peer-to-peer discussion on how facilities directors can collaborate with their school communities on the plan, design and completion of school district projects.
In the afternoon, Rosanne Groff, the newly-appointed Coordinator of the Office of Facilities Planning provided a status report on her department and updates on policy, procedural and regulatory matters.