Smart Schools Initiative
Lockport City School District Smart Schools Bond Spending 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 Lockport Schools receive under the plan?
The district was allocated $4,274,931 under the SSBA.
The state will reimburse the district for 100 percent of its expenses as identified in the Lockport City School District Smart Schools Investment Plan. This plan earmarks the majority of the allocation to support security upgrades in alignment with our Strategic Planning process and our long range Facilities Plan. The Lockport City School District intends to implement its plan by September of 2018. 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?
On August 10, 2016, the Board of Education will hear an overview of the proposed plan and the impact of this plan on our security initiatives. The Board will be asked to approve the plan on August 17, 2016 during the Regular Board Meeting.
Is there a public hearing on this plan?
Yes. The Lockport City School District Board of Education will conduct a public hearing as a part of its 5:15 p.m. August 17, 2016 Board Meeting. The plan requires a vote by the board for approval.
In alignment with our Strategic Planning process and long range Facilities Plan, the following chart outlines the planned expenditure of the Smart Schools Bond Act monies:
If you wish to comment on this plan, please contact:
Dr. Robert LiPuma
Director of Assessment and Technology