Critical Issues Summit

9;00 am - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4
Chancellors Hall at the New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY

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The School Facilities Management Institute (SFMI), in collaboration with the New York State Education Department, presents the annual Critical Issues Summit. It provides New York State’s education professionals with the most timely information and resources to continue providing safe, clean, healthy, and energy efficient learning environments for students, teachers, administrators and the local community. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with your education colleagues. 

Who Should Attend

  • Directors of Facilities
  • Superintendents of Buildings & Grounds 
  • School Business Officials 
  • School Business Managers
  • School Board Members
  • School Superintendents
  • Support Staff
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
Preliminary Schedule

8:00 am :: Registration and Coffee
9:00-9:30 am :: Welcome and Featured Speaker
                            Kim Parahus, NYSSFA President
                            Guest Speaker
9:30-10:45 am :: NYSERDA Benchmarking Program and A Review of Conservation and Incentives Support from NYS
                             (NYSERDA, NYPA, PSE&G, National Grid)
10:45-11:00 am :: Break
11:00 am-12:15 pm :: Critical Issue Updates
                                       Building Condition Survey two year cycle and visual inspections, lead in water, indoor air quality
12:30-1:30 pm :: Lunch (Albany Room in the Empire State Plaza)
1:45-3:00 pm :: NYSED Office of Facilities Planning Update
3:00 pm :: Closing Remarks from Kim Parahus 

Registration includes lunch, breaks, and training materials. 
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received after February 25 receive no refund and you will be invoiced for the registration fee.

SFA Member: Active/Affiliate/Business Partner 
♦ $85 first participant
♦ $55 for each additional person from same school district or organization 

SFA Non-member: Active/Affiliate/Business Partner 
♦ $125 first participant
♦ $95 for each additional from same school district or organization

Hotel Accommodations

Hampton Inn & Suites, 25 Chapel Street, 518.432.7000, Rate: $177/night, Group code: A51, Deadline is February 7. Parking is $8/car per day. Check-in time is 4pm, and check-out time is 11am. 

Hilton Garden Inn, 62 New Scotland Ave, Albany, 518.396.3500, Rate: $175/night, Group code: NYSSFA, Deadline is February 12. Parking is complimentary. Check-in time is 3 p.m. and check-out is 12 p.m.

Thank You Sponsors




The Critical Issues Summit provides an excellent opportunity for companies to engage and connect with our members. Companies interested in a sponsorship should contact SFMI at 518.465.0563 or A complete listing of sponsorship levels and benefits are listed below.

Reserve Your Sponsorship Here

All sponsors receive:

  • Recognition in the event’s printed materials and on signage at the event

  • Recognition in all e-mail communications promoting the event

  • Sponsor recognition on event name badges

  • Listing on the SFA or SFMI website with a link to your company’s website

  • Pre- and post-event visibility

Premier - $7,500

  • Five complimentary registrations and parking passes
  • Information table to place literature
  • Two week sponsorship in our weekly Wednesday Wake Up electronic newsletter

Executive - $3,500

  • Two complimentary registrations and parking passes
  • Information table to place literature
  • One week sponsorship in our weekly Wednesday Wake Up electronic newsletter 

Capital - $1,500

  • One complimentary registrations and parking pass