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Niagara Wheatfield CSD Smart Schools Bond Spending Plan

 

What is the Smart Schools Bond Act?

The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) was passed as part of the 2014-15 New York State budget and approved by voters in a statewide referendum held on Nov. 4, 2014.

The SSBA authorized the issuance of $2 billion in bonds to finance educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning opportunities for students throughout the state.

How much will Niagara Wheatfield Central School District receive under the plan?

The district was allocated $2,707,858 under the SSBA.

The state will reimburse the district for 100 percent of its expenses as identified in the Niagara Wheatfield Smart Schools Investment Plan.

This plan earmarks $2,007,464 of the allocation for infrastructure that will support network and security upgrades in alignment with our Strategic Planning process and long range Facilities Plan. Niagara Wheatfield CSD will implement its plan upon approval from NYSED anticipated during the second half of the 2018-2019 school year. Smart Schools bond funds remain available until a district has used its entire allocation.

Is there any local cost associated with the technology purchases?

There is no local cost associated with the initial purchase.

When will the Board discuss the plan and its’ impact?

On April 5, 2017 the Board of Education heard an overview of the proposed plan.

Is there a public hearing on this plan?

Yes. The Niagara Wheatfield CSD Board of Education conducted a public hearing as a part of its 7 p.m. May 17, 2017 meeting. The plan was approved by the Board.
 

In alignment with our Strategic Planning process and long range Facilities Plan, the following chart outlines the planned expenditure of the Smart Schools Bond Act monies:

 

Description of Smart Bond Scope

Smart Bond Allocation Used

Automated Lockdown

$ 210,420

Video Surveillance

$ 833,112

PA Systems

$ 333,932

Network Switches

$ 630,000

Total

$ 2,007,464

  

For any questions concerning this plan, please contact:

Mr. Jeffery D. Hazel

Director of Instructional Technology and Learning

(716) 215-3004

JHazel@nwcsd.org