Fort Plain looks to leverage Smart Bond to upgrade security, add classroom technology

The Fort Plain School District is looking to upgrade security and add classroom technology with money provided from the 2014 Smart Schools Investment Act.

In total, $2 billion worth of funds were approved statewide as part of the Smart Schools Bond Act, to be distributed to all public schools in New York. To receive the money, districts were required to submit a Smart Schools Investment Plan to the Smart Schools Review Board for approval.

The district’s allocation of the Smart Schools Bond Act is $1,140,000. The Fort Plain Investment plan includes $240,000 to be spent on security upgrades, and $900,000 to be spend on devices and instructional support. This will help the district to meet its 1:1 initiative – allowing each student to have access to Chromebooks and laptop computers while in school.

Fort Plain formed a Smart Bond Committee of administration, staff, students, parents and community members to collectively decide how to best spend the bond money.

Mr. Cuomo said in a release, “The tools and resources schools will be able to attain with this funding will help equip the next generation of New Yorkers to lead this state into the future.”