The NY Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) of 2014 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 review and approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program.
The goal of the program is to “improve learning and opportunity for public and non-public school students by funding capital projects.” The projects include:
Installation of 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
Installation of high-speed broadband or wireless internet connectivity for schools and communities
Acquisition of learning technology equipment or facilities, including but not limited to:
- interactive whiteboards
- computer servers
- desktop, laptop, and tablet computers
Construction, enhancement and modernization of educational facilities to accommodate pre-k programs and to provide instructional space to replace classroom trailers.
The SSBA provides a huge opportunity for both public and private schools to dramatically enhance safety and security in their school buildings. To assist you in determining how the program can best help your school, we have provided the necessary program contact information and links to resources below.
Smart Schools Program Questions
SED Office of Educational Management Services
(518) 474-6541 or email: Smartschools@nysed.gov
Capital Project Questions SED Facilities Planning
(518) 474-3906 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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