The Smart Schools Bond Act was
passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide
referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) 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. The SSBA requires that a Review Board review and approve districts’
Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the
Sidney Central School District
qualifies for $1,379,095 from the Smart Schools Bond Act. This funding can be
used for instructional technology and school safety upgrades. The first
step in applying for this funding was to submit our Instructional Technology
Plan to New York State for review. The plan that was submitted in September of 2015. The plan was
approved in October of 2015.
All projects that will be funded
using Smart Schools funds need to be approved by the State Education
Department. If approved, all projects will be fully reimbursable, but
districts need to spend the money upfront before being reimbursed. Below are
the necessary documents outlined by NYSED.
The Smart Schools Investment Plan
will be available on this site for 30 days until it goes to the BOE for final
approval (July 12, 2016). During the 30 days, please feel free to email Dr.
Bill Christensen (email@example.com)
Superintendent of Schools if you have any questions or comments.
The public hearing will take place
before the BOE meeting on July 12, 2016.