The Smart School Bond Act (SSBA) was passed as part of the 2014-2015 New York State budget and approved by voters in a statewide referendum held on November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act authorized the issuance of $2 billion in bonds to finance educational technology and infrastructure to improve the learning opportunities for students throughout the state.
How much will Chateaugay Central School District receive under the plan?
Chateaugay Central School District was allocated $633,985 under the Smart Schools Bond Act. New York State will reimburse the district for 100 percent of its expenses as identified in the Chateaugay Central School Smart Bonds Investment Plan. The initial plan earmarks 70% of the allocation for infrastructure that will support security upgrades in alignment with our facilities planning. We plan to align the Smart Schools Bond Act with our Capital Improvements Project for the summer of 2018.
Is there any cost associated with the technology purchases?
There is no cost associated with the initial purchases.
When will the Chateaugay Central School Board discuss the plan and its’ impact?
On March 20, 2017, the board of education was provided an overview of the Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan. They approved the preliminary plan on March 20, 2017. The Smart Schools Investment Plan will be posted to the district website for 30 days. The public is asked to submit written comments on the plan. Please provide written comments here. You may also send your written comments to Loretta Fowler, PO Box 904, Chateaugay, NY 12920 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments will be used in creating the final Smart Schools Investment Plan.
Is there a Public Hearing on this plan?
Yes. The Chateaugay Central School District Board of Education will conduct a public hearing as part of its April 25, 2017 Board of Education Meeting. The plan requires a vote by the Board of Education for approval.