Adirondack, Camden, Chittenango and Sauquoit Valley were among several school districts statewide to receive new approvals of Smart Schools Investment Plans for state funding for technology-related expenses, in the latest round of clearances for the plans.
A total of 78 approvals across the state were announced Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Among local districts’ funding in the approvals:
• Adirondack — $400,459 for classroom technology;
• Camden — $1,684,940 for high-tech security and school connectivity, plus $122,400 for classroom technology;
• Chittenango — $486,765 for classroom technology;
• Sauquoit Valley — $771,594 for school connectivity, classroom technology, and high-tech security.
The statewide approvals were in conjunction with the state’s Smart Schools Bond Act that was passed by voters in 2014. The latest approved plans, totaling $59.9 million overall, follow several earlier approval rounds that have included many other local school districts.
“Our schools are continuing to evolve as they meet the new demands brought on by the pandemic, and the Smart Schools Bond Act is providing students with the latest technology so they can stay connected no matter where their classroom is,” Cuomo said. “Even as rising vaccinations and a nation-leading testing program are paving the way for all students to return to the classroom, districts continue to navigate a new reality and with this funding, we are helping them while preparing students to succeed in the 21st century economy.”
The latest approvals again were by the Smart Schools Review Board, which met this week for the 16th time to consider investment plans submitted by school districts and special education schools. The board includes the Director of the Budget, the Chancellor of the State University of New York, and the Commissioner of the state Education Department.