Welcome to the New York State School Facilities Association
New York State School Facilities Association (NYS SFA) serves as the voice for more than 600 Directors of School Facilities, Facilities Managers, Head Custodians, Health and Safety Coordinators, and other key school facilities personnel.
Mission Statement: To be leaders in maintaining the highest standards of a safe, healthy learning environment. To support educational excellence through the prudent management of resources.
2015 Leadership Weekend
SFA/SFMI leaders gathered in Oswego, NY for their annual Leadership Weekend
April 23-April 25, and the theme this year was “Leading Your Team”. Leadership weekend is an opportunity to focus on growing Chapter relations and focus on sustaining a strong state-wide organization.
SFA Officers, State Directors, Chapter Presidents and SFMI Board Members spent the weekend discussing everything from increasing Chapter membership to strategies for energizing and motivating members at all levels of the Association.
As our Association continues to grow and change, leaders of the Association are responsible for examining and strengthening the resources available to all members. Communication is important as we continue to improve the teams we work with everyday. SFA members play a vital role to ensure our schools are safe, clean and efficient. Leadership weekend is evidence that our Leaders are dedicated to this cause.
Each of SFA chapters face varied difficulties throughout the state. Leadership Weekend is an opportunity to share ideas, educate colleagues and develop strong networking avenues. Leading Your Team was more than a theme for our Association Leaders, it’s what they do everyday to provide our school districts with information needed to flourish in today’s environment.
Leadership Weekend gave our leaders the opportunity to hear District Superintendent, Christopher Todd, from the Center of Instruction, Technology and Innovation and from Carl Thurnau, PE, and Coordinator for the New York State Education Department Office of Facilities Planning. Having Mr. Todd and Mr. Thrurnau join our leaders from throughout the state is crucial to the success of the Association, our chapters, and all of the school districts we represent. Chapter leaders were also invited to an all access tour the SUNY Oswego Science Building, the college’s new home for the sciences and mathematics – a 230,000 square foot, environmentally advanced structure in the heart of the campus. – An impressive facility!
Elaine Walter, SFA’s Civil Service Liaison and Patty Familo from the Oswego County Department of Personnel provided insightful information about the Director of Facilities Law and what to expect when counties start to canvass the new eligible lists from the Director of Facilities I, II and III tests.
The weekend wrapped up with our “Leading your Team Work Shop”, moderated by our keynote speaker, William Hoosty. Mr. Hoosty is President of WRH Consulting Group and has an extensive background and work experience in the fields of education, transportation, consulting, management and leadership. Mr. Hoosty gave an entertaining presentation on leadership and provided our leaders with useful information to take back to their school districts.
The 2015 Leadership weekend was a great success. The Oswego Chapters hospitality headed by SFA President, Wayne Wideman, CDF, along with retired SFA members Joe Hammond, CDF and Bill Price, CDF did a great job hosting this year’s Leadership Weekend. We are thankful for the Oswego Chapter for providing this opportunity to our members.
A special thank you to our Gold Medal sponsors; C&S Companies, Day Automation, HUNT Engineers, Hillyard, and the Que Centre and to our Supporting Friends, the Effect Group, Northeast Uniform and Tyco SimplexGrinnell. Your participation is greatly appreciated and without your support our Association would not be as successful as it is, Thank you!
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