Smart Schools Investment Plan
Smart Schools Bond Act
The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. 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 required a Review Board to approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds would be made available for the program.
Seneca Falls Central School District qualified for $1,152,629 from the Smart Schools Bond Act. This funding could be used for instructional technology and school safety upgrades. The first step in applying for this funding was to submit our Instructional Technology Plan to New York State for review. The plan was submitted in September of 2015 and was approved on September 18, 2015 by Kathleen Moorhead, who was the Executive Director of Educational Technology for our State Education Department.
All projects that will be funded using Smart Schools funds need to be approved by the State Education Department. If approved, all projects will be fully reimbursable, but districts need to spend the money upfront before being reimbursed. Below are the necessary documents outlined by NYSED.
The Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP) was available on this site for 30 days until it went to the BOE for final approval. A public hearing took place before the BOE meeting on July 7, 2016.
**Smart Schools Update ** April 8, 2017:
The Seneca Falls CSD original Smart Schools Investment Plan was unsubmitted by NYSED, per request from the SFCSD Board of Education in order to make adjustments to the components of the plan. SFCSD removed the School Connectivity component of the plan and replaced it with Classroom Learning Technology. The plan was approved by the Board of Education and submitted back to NYSED on April 8, 2017. The revised plan can be found on the bottom of this page.
Smart Schools Investment Plan Documents
2015-2016 Technology Plan SurveyRequired NYSED Approval (September 2016)
2015-2016 Technology Plan Approval Letter
SFCSD Smart Schools Letter of Intent
SFCSD Steering Committee SSIP - Approval of Preliminary Plan
District Steering Committee Approval
SSIP Plan Presentation
Google Slides Presentation of the SSIP to BOE
June 2016 BOE Resolution of Preliminary Plan
BOE Approval of the Preliminary SSIP June 2, 2016
June 2016 Smart Schools Investment Plan
This document is a print out of the NYSED online portal
July 2016 BOE Resolution of Final Plan
Amended 2016 Smart Schools Investment Plan
Submitted to NYSED on April 8, 2017