Smart Schools Bond Act
The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted NYS Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election 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 Syracuse City School District will receive an allocation of $27,150,068 to improve learning and opportunity for students by funding capital projects.
The Syracuse City School District is required to submit a Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP) to demonstrate how Smart Schools Bond Act funds will be used to provide the educational tools and opportunities students throughout the District will need to succeed in the 21st century economy. The District assessed all the Technology needs at each school building and developed a Comprehensive Technology Plan. The results of the assessments is the basis used to determine the Districts needs and are incorporated into the SSIPs.
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Status of SSBA Investment Plans:
- Approved - January 13, 2017 - SSIP1.1 - Student Computing Devices
- Approved - July 14, 2017 - SSIP2.1 - Primary Data Center Improvements
- Approved - March 6, 2019- SSIP3.1 - Integrated Security Management System
- Approved - March 6, 2019- SSIP3.2 - Security Devices
- Pending - March 8, 2018 - SSIP3.3 - Security Command Center
- Pending - May 30, 2019 - SSIP2.2 - New Data Center
- Approved - July 30, 2020 - SSIP1.3 - Emergency Computing Devices