BERGEN — A $708,514 project at Byron-Bergen Central School has received state approval.
The approval was announced Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office as part of the Smart Schools program. The district was among 52 statewide included in the project.
“The Smart Schools Bond Act is playing a critical role in ensuring school safety and modernizing outdated classrooms,” Cuomo said in a news release. “This funding expands educational opportunity and provides students with the skills and technology they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.”
Other area districts receiving approval included Attica Central School, with $3,797 budgeted; Medina Central School with $235,256 budgeted; and Pavilion Central School with $45,100 budgeted.
The overall projects approved on Wednesday included $30 million for high-tech security projects; $16.7 million for school connectivity projects; and $3.2 million for classroom technology purchases statewide.
Under the Smart Schools Bond Act, school districts may invest in technology such as computer servers, interactive whiteboards, tablets, desktop and laptop computers, and high-speed broadband and wireless connectivity.
The technology helps students to learn at their own pace, expands access to advanced courses and interactive curriculum, and enhances communication between parents and teachers, Cuomo’s office said.
Investments in high-tech school security support the purchase of new equipment, such as high-resolution digital cameras to enhance districts’ video surveillance capabilities, and other safety technology.
Cuomo called for New York State to invest $2 billion in its schools through a Smart Schools Bond Act in 2014. The initiative was meant to finance educational technology and infrastructure, providing students access to the latest technology and connectivity needed to succeed and compete in the 21st century economy.
Statewide voters approved the measure later that year in a referendum.