SMART Schools Investment Plan
The Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014 was passed in the 2014-15 State budget and approved state-wide by voters in a referendum on November 4, 2014. This authorized the issuance of $2 billion in bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure for students across New York State. The purpose of the Act is to improve learning and opportunity for NYS students by funding purchases in four categories: School and Community Connectivity, Classroom Technology, Modernizing Educational Facilities, and High-Tech Security Features. Items purchased by school districts that are approved purchases under the Smart School Investment Plan will be reimbursed dollar-for-dollar to the district. YorkCSD was allotted a total of $856,513.
There was an initial public hearing on January 11, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. for members of the community to learn more about and/or provide input on the District's preliminary plan for using its Smart Schools Bond funds. The BOE approved this preliminary plan at the conclusion of that hearing. A second public hearing on the preliminary plan was held on February 29, 2016.
Based on new input, the district has revised its Smart Schools Plan. The revised plan was presented to the community in a public hearing on April 25, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. You can see that plan posted below.
Here are the next steps:
- The Board of Education will be asked to give final approval to the updated plan on May 23, 2016.
- Engineering and architectural drawings will be created so the District can submit the plan to the State Education Department for its approval. We hope to have that approval by the end of September 2016.
- Given a five-month estimate for approval by the Office of Facilities Planning at the State Education Department, work on this project can be bid in March of 2017.
- Construction on the approved items is slated for the summer of 2017.
It is important to note that many items in the plan are given "streamlined" approval by the State Education Department. Once approved, these items can be purchased right away. Items that require wiring and/or construction must go through the building permit process.