Smart Schools Bond Act
What is the Smart Schools Bond Act?
Smart Schools Investment Plan Fast Facts
- JE"s plan was approved on Monday, June 4, 2018.
- The first equipment order was placed in late-June.
- Installation is expected to begin before the start of school
The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) was passed
as part of the 2014-15 New York state budget and approved by voters in a statewide referendum held on Nov. 4, 2014. The SSBA authorized the issuance of $2 billion in bonds to finance educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning opportunities for students throughout the state.
How much will Jordan-Elbridge receive
under the plan?
The district was allocated $1,387,107 under the SSBA. The district proposes to use $853,779, which would leave a remaining balance of $533,328.
What are the requirements for schools?
The Smart Schools Bond Act requires schools to make strategic decisions regarding upgrades. To be eligible for funding, each school district is required to:
- Draft a Smart Schools Improvement Plan (SSIP) linked to a long-range educational technology plan;
- Involve the community in its planning; and
- Have the Smart Schools plan approved by the New York State Education Department as part of a detailed review process.
What are some examples of eligible Smart Schools projects?
Smart Schools projects generally fall into one of four categories:
Projects to increase connectivity, such as construction and wiring costs for expanding wired/wireless access in and around school buildings;
Projects to provide learning technology equipment, such as interactive whiteboards, computer servers, tablets, and desktop/laptop computers;
Projects to facilitate pre-K upgrades and/ or replace temporary classrooms, such as building new pre-K classrooms, modernizing existing facilities used for pre-K, and building new space to replace temporary classrooms; and
Projects to install high-tech security, such as cameras, main entrance intercoms and locking systems, and the installation of other security features.
How does Jordan-Elbridge plan to use the funding?
The district’s proposed Smart Schools Investment Plan concentrates on two categories eligible for Smart Schools Bond Act monies:
1. Increasing connectivity: The smart schools bond act funding will be used to connect all the district's data closets with a 10Gbps fiber optic backbone. The installation of new network switches will allow for a large capacity of users to connect to district resources simultaneously. Wireless access points and cabling will also be installed to increase wireless density to support the increasing number of mobile devices used in classroom instruction.
2. Installing high-tech security: Funding will also be used for the installation of HD NVR servers to provide storage for recorded videos, the installation of one 16-megapixel camera at the entrance of each building, and the installation of additional interior cameras for increased coverage.
To see the district's Smart Schools Investment Plan, please see the files to the right.