Rep. Hall and Rep. Nita Lowey with North Rockland Central School Teachers and Administrators

 Representative Hall and Lowey visit 

North Rockland to announce the 

   21st Century Green High-Performing

Public School Facilities Act


To modernize and repair our schools with green construction, save taxpayers money in energy costs, boost our economy with new jobs, and give our children better school facilities.



by Courtney Iseman

May 18, 2009


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Michael Shilale, AIA, LEED and John Cirilli, AIA, LEED were invited as the district architects of North Rockland Central School District to a press conference this Monday. School officials, teachers, and the media gathered at Gerald Neary Elementary School to hear Congressman John Hall and Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey brief the district on the award they would receive as a result of the recently passed 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act.

The act will put into effect a nationwide plan to provide more efficient, alternative energy sources at public schools, as well as other environmental initiatives. These projects will include solar panels, LED lighting, and rainwater harvesting, to name a few. And, importantly, schools will educate teachers, officials, and students in these alternative energy sources and environmental practices, in order to bring communities together in these green movements. North Rockland has truly stepped up in their responsibility to educate - in fact, Monday’s press conference coincided with a day of teaching efficient energy methods to North Rockland teachers.

Michael Shilale Architects, LLP has and will continue to partner with North Rockland Central School District on new green projects. The 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act granted schools $6 billion, and North Rockland will receive $400,000.00. This will go toward projects MSA has in the works with the district such as energy efficient boilers, solar panels, and an energy performance contract that will provide North Rockland’s schools with a new set of energy sources, environmentally and financially much more efficient. These new methods will not only help the environment and improve the students’ surroundings, they will also save taxpayers money. The grant that North Rockland will receive from this act is truly an exciting step forward for North Rockland Central School District and Michael Shilale Architects, LLP.

Michael Shilale Architects, LLP (MSA), an eight person architectural engineering firm founded in 1991, is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through their design work. We help our clients solve their building problems, protect their assets and investments, build under budget, and realize their vision. MSA serves a municipal, commercial, residential and educational client base, including Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Nassau counties, in New York, as well as Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Essex Counties in New Jersey. For more information, please call 845-708-9200, or visit their website at,