Smart Schools Bond Act Public Forum Announced

     Published on 4/14/16   Tagged under:    District News   

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 is currently in the process of assessing the Technology needs at each school building to develop a Comprehensive Technology Plan.  The results of the assessments will be the basis in determining the Districts needs and incorporating them into the SSIP.

The SSBA Guidelines may be downloaded here; or, visit the NYSED SSBA website for additional information.

To learn more about the Smart Schools Bond Act, please click here to visit the SCSD Smart Schools Bond Act website.

Important Dates:

  • April 4, 2016 - Public Notice of a Public Review Forum to be held on April 18, 2016 was posted on April 4, 2016. The Forum allowed an opportunity for all interested parties to provide comments and questions regarding the District’s initial submission of the Smart Schools Investment Plan. 
  • April 14, 2016 - The Board of Education approved the Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan 1.1 and Investment Plan 2.1 on April 13, 2016.  The public is invited to review and comment on the plans.  The Preliminary Plans are available on this website and may be downloaded.
  • April 18, 2016 - A Public Review Forum will be held at 4:30 pm on April 18, 2016 in the Board Room at Central Offices, 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse.  The public will have the opportunity to comment and ask questions about Preliminary Plans 1.1 and 2.1. The public comment and review period will be open until May 14, 2016 through the District’s website via “Let’s Talk”.
  • May 14, 2016 - The public comment period for Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plans 1.1 and 2.1 will close on May 14, 2016.