Following a 30-day comment window and a public hearing, the Board of Education approved the Smart Schools Investment Plan Phase II at its June 26 meeting. Next, the district will submit the plan to the State Education Department for review and approval.
North Colonie was originally allocated $1,838,380 through the state’s Smart Schools Bond Act. The district focused on improving its network infrastructure for Phase I of its Smart Schools Plan. The focus of the Phase II Plan is on upgrading classroom technology.
History of the Smart Schools Bond Act
The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 New York State budget and approved by voters in a statewide referendum during the November 2014 General Election. The Smart Schools Bond Act (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.
The SSBA requires that a Review Board examine and approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program.