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Oct. 23 P-16 Partnerships Breakfast

Districts Can Register Online Now for Oct. 23 P-16 Partnerships Breakfast
Seats are filling up fast, so Superintendents, Principals, Guidance, Curriculum folks should register now at to attend the free K-12/Higher Ed. Partnerships Breakfast program on Thursday, Oct. 23, 7:30-9:30 a.m. at UB's Center for Tomorrow. This program will showcase three successful P-16 Partnerships and how to use the database that resulted from the P-16 Partnerships Task Force.  Participants will hear about these 3 successful P-16 Partnerships, how they started, plus tips and insights on what makes them work. They will see how to find them on the new P-16 Partnerships Database, and how to use and populate the database with more partnerships. See below to find out more about the partnerships that will be featured!

College-Ready English Instruction: Lancaster + Bryant and Stratton College
No Cost Associate Degree Opportunity:
Lackawanna High School + Trocaire College + Erie 1 BOCES + Catholic Health 

College/Career Readiness for 1st Generation College Students: Niagara Falls City School District + Niagara University College of Education. Early College/Smart Scholars Program, funded by New York State Education Department/Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation   

Also, an iPad will be raffled to attendees who post a partnership between Oct. 23 through Dec. 31. This program is hosted by the Erie County Association of School Boards and Promoting Partnerships in Public Education, Inc., in partnership with the WNY College Consortium. Funding is provided by a grant from the The John R. Oishei Foundation.

Posted on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:59


What to Expect After the Elections

Wondering what to expect on the political landscape after the November 4th elections? David Little, NYSSBA Director of Governmental Relations (and soon to be Executive Director of the Rural Schools Association), will discuss the perspectives and possibilities in a Dessert Forum for ECASB members on Thursday, Nov. 20, 7-8:30 p.m. at Erie 1 BOCES. Please register through your Superintendent's Office.

Posted on Friday, 10 October 2014 10:36


Fall Leadership Dinner

More than 50 people attended the ECASB & Erie-Niagara School Superintendents Association Annual Fall Leadership Dinner at the Millennium. Highlighting the program were speakers on the topics of school finance and multiple pathways to college and careers. Wayne Drescher, (see PPT here) shared school business manager for Erie 1 BOCES, spoke on 'Schools ' Financial Outlook: The Strange Mix of Politics, Gimmicks & School Finance'. 'Career and Technical Education: A Force to be Reckoned With' was the topic of Erie 1 BOCES CTE Director Michael Capuana and Associate Director Christa McHale (see PPT here), and Erie 2 CC BOCES Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Suzette Benson and Carrier/Lake Shore CTE Principal Brandon Wojcik (See PPT here). Many thanks to our speakers and to Gold Sponsor Hodgson Russ.

Posted on Friday, 03 October 2014 09:06


Law Conference Follow Up Sharing

Below are electronic files from hand outs from several sessions at this year's WNY Education Law Conference. Thank you to our presenters for sharing! The WNY Education Law Conference is an annual program presented by the Erie County Association of Schools Boards and the WNY Educational Service Council, in cooperation with the Erie-Niagara School Superintendents Association, the NYS Association of School Attorneys, and the SUNY Buffalo Law School.

A Team Approach to Planning and Structuring Capital Projects and Building Sales/Leases- How the Parts Fit Together ... Elizabeth A. Holden, William A. Lundquist, Paul D. Meosky,  Jeffrey W. Stone, and Jeffrey Swiatek, Hodgson Russ.
A roundtable discussion of proper coordination and handling of questions and issues that arise at the front end of a planned capital project or building disposition, including authorization requirements, financing approaches, SEQRA compliance, valuation questions, state building aid and federal tax implications, and construction/architectural contracting matters.

Personnel and Labor Relations: Hot Topics ...
Colleen A. Sloan, Kelly G. Eisenried, Dan D’Amico, Erie 1 BOCES.
Experienced labor relations specialists discuss “hot topics” currently being addressed at the bargaining table and in human resource offices, as school districts struggle to maintain high-quality staff and secure fiscally responsible contracts in the face of unprecedented economic challenges.  Learn about the latest cases before the Commissioner of Education, courts and PERB, as well as recent trends in bargaining in response to changes in requirements under the Affordable Care Act, APPR, etc.

The Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know and Should Be Doing Now ...   Mike J. Flanagan and Karl W. Kristoff, Hodgson Russ.
Review the most immediate issues presented by health care reform, including the latest play-or-pay rules and the bargaining strategies and approaches you should be considering. 

What a Year in Special Education - A Review of Pertinent Developments That Educators Need to Know! ...
Andrew J. Freedman and Ryan L. Everhart, Hodgson Russ.
Here are major developments in special education law over the last year, including proposed changes to the Special Education Appeal Process, re-analyzing Least Restrictive Environment in the aftermath of two recent court decisions, and the continued legislative efforts to expand tuition reimbursement opportunities for parents. 

Big Issues Faced by Board Members and Administrators - and How to Effectively Respond To Them
John J. Christopher and Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Hodgson Russ. A review of some of the big issues faced by school districts today, including the tax cap and the new tax freeze law, conflicts of interest and ethical standards, confidentiality requirements and effective public communications.

Accommodations in the Classroom and Beyond ...    Jeff Weiss, Harris Beach.
School districts are required to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities during all school-sponsored events. This includes activities in the traditional classroom setting, as well as field trips and extracurricular programs. Learn about your school district’s new and expanding obligations in this cutting-edge area of the law.

Managing Complex Leave
Issues: FMLA, Workers’ Comp., Sick Leave Use and Abuse ...
Brendan Kelleher,  Harris Beach,  and Tony Olivo, Investigative Services Corporate Screening and Consulting Group.
Employees on various leaves cost school districts an inordinate amount annually. Managed properly, however, employee leaves can be reserved for those who legitimately need them. Mr. Kelleher and Mr. Olivo discussed legal obligations and rights regarding employeed leave requests, as well as best practices to reduce fraud and abuse.

Health Issues: Immunizations and Concussions...
Marnie Smith, Harris Beach, with Robert Zayas, NYS Public High School Athletic Association
This session examined legal and practical implications regarding two common student health-related issues: immunizations and concussions. Law and recent cases regarding immunizations and exemptions were reviewed, and "best practices" for concussion managemenat were discussed.

This Year's Legal "Hot Topics" ...
Jay Worona, NYS School Boards Association

Posted on Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:24


Online Petition for Gap Elimination Adjustment


Two teachers at Lake Shore have set up this online petition drive to let the NYS Legislature know the  funding of education, specifically the Gap Elimination Adjustment, needs to be addressed now.

Click here or on the logo above to sign the petition!

Posted on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:12


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