In January 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called for New York State to invest $2 billion in its schools through a Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA). Voters approved the Smart School Bond Act in November 2014 and as a result the Sewanhaka CHSD School District was allocated to receive $3,200,000. The purpose of the Smart Schools Bond Act is to improve learning and opportunity for public and nonpublic school students by funding capital projects to the following categories:
Install high-speed broadband or wireless internet connectivity for schools and communities;
Acquire learning technology equipment or facilities, including but not limited to interactive whiteboards, computer servers, and desktop, laptop, and tablet computers;
Construct, enhance, and modernize educational facilities to accommodate prekindergarten programs and to provide instructional space to replace classroom trailers; and/or
Install high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses, including but not limited to video surveillance, emergency notification systems, and physical access controls.
The Smart Schools Bond Act requires that school districts develop and receive approval of a Smart Schools Investment Plan from the Smart Schools Review Board, which is comprised of the Chancellor of the State University of New York, the Director of the Budget and the Commissioner of the State Education Department. Districts will submit their Smart Schools Investment Plans, which will describe the intended expenditures and projects with Smart Schools Bond Act funds, through an application on the New York State Education Department’s Business Portal. The New York State Education Department will review the Smart Schools Investment Plan for completeness and adherence to the guidance. If accepted, the application will be submitted for consideration by the Smart Schools Review Board. Below are files related to this project.