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The SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT OF 2014 was passed in the 2014-15 New York State enacted budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4. This bond act authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the State.

William Floyd’s portion of this funding is $10,398,033. The Smart School Bond has designated four areas of allowable focus for these funds:

  1. Install high-speed broadband or wireless internet connectivity for schools and communities
  2. Acquire learning technology equipment or facilities
  3. Pre-kindergarten programs and/or replace classroom trailers
  4. Install high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses In collaboration with teachers, administrators, parents, and community members; our district has chosen to concentrate on 1, 2, and 4; increasing our Internet connectivity, acquiring additional learning technology equipment and installing high tech security features. This document provides the district’s phase one recommendation for use of these funds for our infrastructure and core network. As required, all district Smart School Investment Plans (SSIP) will be posted for a 30 Day public review and comment period.  A public hearing will follow then formal approval by the Board of Education. Once Board approved, we will submit to the New York State Education Department for final acceptance. Smart School Investment Plans must meet the requirements of demonstrating a rationale for students’ need, preparing for minimal speed requirements for connectivity, providing professional development and appropriate technical support, and long term sustainability.

For any questions about the Smart Schools investment plans or about Smart Schools Bond Act in general please email smartschools@wfsd.k12.ny.us. Please click on a link below to view that phase of the Smart School Investment Plan.

Smart School Investment Plan Phase 5: Cable + Network Equipment (pdf)
Smart School Investment Plan Phase 4: High Tech Security and Communications - Part II (pdf)
Smart School Investment Plan Phase 3: High Tech Security and Communications - Part I (pdf)
Smart School Investment Plan Phase 2: Infrastructure for Wireless Network (pdf)
Smart School Investment Plan Phase 1: Infrastructure/Core Network (pdf)

 

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