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Smart Schools Investment Plan 2
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Smart Schools Investment Plan 2

Total Smart Schools Bond Act allocation $429,031
Smart Schools Investment Plan 1 $213,229
Smart Schools Investment Plan Application 2 $114,810


Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA)
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 New York State 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 Schenevus Central School District has been allocated $429,031 for this purpose. This will be paid to the District by New York State as reimbursement for technology expenses under the plan.

Smart Schools Investment Plan Committee
Pursuant to the requirements for the Smart Schools Bond Act, the planning process for developing and submitting a Smart Schools Investment Plan to the State Education Department must include consultation with parents, teachers, students, and community members. The following people served on the Schenevus Central School District Smart Schools Investment Plan Committee: Joe Bomba (Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds, community member), Matt Wendel (Principal), Harrison Boyle (district technology specialist), Deb McMullen (teacher, instructional technology specialist), Melissa Leonard (teacher), Kathleen Walke (teacher, community member, parent), Tom Jory (Board of Education President, community member, parent, technology expert), Joe Pepaj (student), Tom Jennings (Superintendent, parent).

The Committee met on February 27th to review the Smart Schools Bond Act and the required parameters of the Smart Schools Investment Plan, to identify district instructional technology strengths and needs, and to create the Smart Schools Investment Plan.

Smart Schools Investment Plan Timeline
2.27.17 SSIP2 Committee meets to review district technology needs and develop plan

 
3.28.17 Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan approved by Board of Education
 
6.27.17 Public Hearing to present Final Smart Schools Investment Plan 2
 
6.27.17 Final Smart Schools Investment Plan approved by Board of Education
 
6.28.17 Smart Schools Investment Plan submitted to the State Education Department

Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan
The Schenevus Central School District Smart Bond Investment plan 2 will focus on the enhancement of classroom technology. Following is the budget proposed by the Smart Schools Investment Plan Committee and approved by the Board of Education.

Classroom Technology $114,810
  • Interactive Whiteboards $40,600
  • Desktop Computers $5,820
  • Laptop Computers $36,420
  • Tablet Computers $7,740
  • Other Costs $24,230
Technology Infrastructure
The District currently exceeds the Federal Communications Commission minimum speed standard of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students with 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps) for a student population of 370. Also, the District's current Wi-Fi network has sufficient bandwidth to meet projected user demand of plan implementation.

Classroom Technology Purchases

The District will be purchasing interactive whiteboards to enhance classroom instruction and increase student engagement in fourteen classrooms grades PK-12.

The District will be purchasing iPad tablets for students in grades PK-1 and touch-screen Chromebooks for students in grades PK-12 to support and maintain the current 1:1 instructional technology initiative. These devices are compatible with the District's current WiFi network and use of Google Apps for Education which includes: Google Classroom, Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Vault, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites. All students, faculty and staff have Google accounts.

The District will be purchasing laptop computers and desktop computers for staff use in classroom instruction, lesson planning, and student, staff, and parent communication and collaboration. Laptop computers will also be purchased for student use in a high school digital literacy course.

The District will be purchasing a Google Virtual Reality classroom kit and 3D cameras for developing 3D content to increase student engagement.

The District will purchasing a drone with HD camera for use in the science and technology classes.

The District will be purchasing sound systems for each music classroom for instructional purposes.

Every classroom and instructional space has network cable and WiFi network access to facilitate effective use of these devices.

Teacher Professional Development
The District employs a part-time staff developer whose focus is instructional technology. The staff developer provides regular professional development workshops on best practices in instructional technology as well as daily support to classroom teachers.

The District collaborates with the SUNY Oneonta Educational Technology Department to provide workshops in instructional technology for preservice education students and District teachers.

Please direct any questions or comments to:
Smart Schools Investment Plan 2
Schenevus Central School District
159 Main Street
Schenevus, NY 12155
(607) 638-5530
thomasjennings@schenevuscsd.org
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