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July 2015

  • Improving Schools the Smart Way: Smart Schools Funding

    In the November 2014 New York State General Election, voters approved the Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA), which authorized $2 billion of general obligation bonds to be issued to finance improved K-12 educational technology and infrastructure throughout all school districts in the state. The main idea behind SSBA is to provide funding for specific types of capital projects, including adding or upgrading technology, security, and pre-K learning spaces, to provide students with the educational tools, opportunities, and skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy. After you first identify how much funding your district is eligible for, there are a few steps to take before submitting the required Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP) in order to get through the process smoothly.

  • Improving Subcontractor Safety

    What happens when there is a safety incident or accident on your site? After treating the injured, the cause is reviewed and the on-site safety director determines how it could have been prevented. Because hindsight is 20/20, it is important to shift the focus to preventing accidents by unsafe behavior well before a shovel hits the ground. Therefore, what can higher education facilities managers and vice presidents specifically do to reduce error and improve subcontractor safety?

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