Smart Schools Initiative

January 2019 Presentation

Smart Bond Initiative

Passed by New York Voters in November of 2014

Awarded $2 Billion to all Schools based on enrollment and state aid formula

Menands Union Free School’s  Allocation is $78,846

Rules for the use of these funds – Six Categories

  • Social Networking
  • Classroom Technology
  • Classroom Connection
  • Pre-K Classroom Improvements
  • Elimination of Temporary/Trailer Classrooms
  • School Security and Safety

Rules of the use of funds

  • You cannot pay salaries
  • You cannot pay BOCES
  • You cannot purchase software

Step 1

  • Administration consults with the district’s architect to establish possible priorities in the approved categories.
  • Consideration to
    • Menands Union Free Strategic Plan
    • Menands Union Free Technology Plan
    • Menands Union Free Building Condition Survey

Step 2

Establish a Smart Bond Planning Committee to review these proposals and make recommendations to the Board of Education.

Menands Union Free School District Goals: Original Plan

  • Menands Union Free Schools  upgraded the Wireless Networking Infrastructure to provide a strong backbone for the learning community.
  • Menands Union Free School’s upgraded the obsolete interactive white boards in classrooms

Amendment Proposal

  • By using Federal Erate funds, Menands was able to complete their Network Infrastructure Upgrade under budget.

    • Due to the recent pandemic, Menands needs more devices for remote learning and is proposing to amend their plan and move the remaining funds to purchase personal devices.

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