SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT
The Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014 was passed in the 2014-2015 New York State enacted budget and approved by the voters of New York State in a statewide referendum held in the general election on November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act authorized the issuance of $2 billion obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the state.
Tonawanda's Smart Schools Bond allocation is $1,561,513.
TONAWANDA SMART SCHOOLS COMMITTEE & INVESTMENT PLAN:
A committee was formed within the district with members from each stakeholder group (administrators, regular education and special education teachers, teacher assistant, librarian, parent, BOE member, STEM coach). This committee drafted a plan for what the money could potentially be used on, based upon the parameters set forth in the Smart Schools Bond Act.
At its Aug. 27, 2019 meeting, the Tonawanda City School District Board of Education approved the committee's first phase of the investment plan, which focuses on instructional technology. Public input was sought for 30 days on the first phase.
The approximate total for Phase I is $752,000. This includes:
138 Genee 75-inch 4K interactive flat panels
At its April 21, 2020 meeting, the Board of Education approved the second phase of the investment plan, which also focuses on instructional technology.
The approximate total for Phase II is $105,000. This includes: