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Education 2011: How Should Your District Be Thinking About School Facilities - Szuberla



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  • 1. Charles A. Szuberla, Jr. Assistant Commissioner, Office of School Operations New York State Education Department
  • 2. General Comments
    • The CDF and RDF are a widely respected credentials. It’s that you developed the program on your own in recognition of the need for continuous professional development.
    • In addition, your developed an Associate’s Degree and peer review programs.
    • During the last spike in energy costs this group quickly implemented more than 20 energy saving ideas for school buildings and school buses.
    • This group has advocated for spending significantly less on construction projects and using a portion of the savings to improve building maintenance.
  • 3. Critical Issues
    • Safety
    • Mandate Relief
    • Budget and School Aid
    • Operations and Maintenance
    • Capital Replacement
    • Green Buildings
    • Professional Development
  • 4. Mandate Relief – March Most Require Legislative Action
    • School Operations
    • Wicks Reform
    • Textbook and Software aids
    • Claims Auditing
    • Early Grade Class Size Plan
    • Calendar Flexibility
    • Piggy-Back on other State and Local Contracts
  • 5. Mandate Relief – April Subject to Regents Approval
    • School Operations
    • Late Final Cost Report Relief
    • Procurement Flexibility
    • Internal Audits and Sampling of Claims
    • Reverse Auctions
    • Value-Added Contracts
    • Greater coordination of transportation and school calendars
  • 6. Mandates, Cont’d
    • Advertising in the Contract Reporter
    • Eliminate Annual Visual Inspections
    • Eliminate School Facility Report Cards
    • Eliminate redundant AHERA Reporting and Inspections
  • 7. Building Aid Issues
    • Under Current Law:
    • 18% of Estimated 2010-11 Building Aid
      • $446 million is Due to Special Treatments:
        • elected aid ratios (60%),
        • 10% incentive aid,
        • (36%), high-need supplement, low-income aid ratios).
  • 8. Building Aid Has Increased by $1 Billion Since 2002-03 While Enrollment has Dropped Slightly
  • 9. Building Aid Increased 85% Since 2002-03, Annual Rate of 9.2% Compared to 5.1% for Foundation Aids
  • 10. The Selected Building Aid Ratio Provides Aid That is Not Based on a District’s Current Fiscal Capacity
  • 11. Critical Issues
    • Professional Development
    • Safety
      • Electrically operated partitions
      • By-passing and tampering
      • Notice to the field
    • Budget and School Aid
      • Cost Drivers
      • Energy
      • You Need to Understand Your District’s Budget
      • Multi-year planning
  • 12. Critical Issues Cont’d
    • Operations and Maintenance
      • Maintenance vs. replacement
      • Life-cycle costs
    • Capital Replacement
      • Protect what we have
    • Green Buildings
      • Now is the time to build for the future