Eastport-South Manor Smart School 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 Eastport-South Manor receive under the plan?
The district was allocated $2,279,065 under the SSBA. The state will reimburse the district for 100 percent of its expenses as identified in the Eastport-South Manor Smart Schools Investment Plan. This plan earmarks the entire allocation for infrastructure that will support technology-enhanced instruction and security upgrades. Eastport-South Manor plans to implement its plan and have the project complete by May of 2020. 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?
The Board of Education will conduct a public hearing at its June 6, 2018 meeting. The plan requires a vote by the board for approval.
The following chart outlines the planned expenditure of the Smart Schools Bond Act monies:
- Replace Network Switches ($400K)
- Upgrade Wireless Access Points ($200K)
- Cabling Upgrades to support Wireless ($185K)
- Fiber Optic Backbone Cables ($46K)
High Tech Security:
- Telephone Handset Replacement ($128K)
- Visitor Entrances (HS and District Office) ($48K)
- Door Access Control ($265K)
- Video Surveillance System ($617K)
- Automated Lockdown & Mass Notification ($338K)
- Exterior Lighting – Dayton Ave. ($120K)
Total Project Cost: $2.279M
If you wish to comment on this plan, please contact:
Assistant Superintendent for Business
Eastport-South Manor Central School District