The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in 2014 by a state wide referendum. The Smart Schools
Bond Act (SSBA) supports educational technology and infrastructure to improve teaching and
learning. The SSBA authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to
finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the State.
Saranac Lake's Allocation - $796,558
Allowable project categories the District is utilizing:
·Acquire learning technology equipment or
facilities, including but not limited to interactive whiteboards, computer
servers, and desktop, laptop, and tablet computers;
·Install high-tech security features in school
buildings and on school campuses, including but not limited to video
surveillance, emergency notification systems, and physical access controls
Over the course of several months a draft preliminary plan was developed by the district's Technology Committee and presented to
the school board at regular public meetings. The planning process includes consultation with parents, teachers, students, community members, St. Bernard's and other stakeholders.
The Smart School's Investment Plan (please see the link to the left) was approved by the School Board on February 1, 2017 after a public hearing on January 18th to enable stakeholders to respond to the preliminary plan. The approved plan was submitted to the New York State Education Department on February 7, 2017.
The remaining $176,058 is slated to be used for device purchases. A separate Smart School Investment Plan will be forthcoming in the late spring outlining these planned purchases.