The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, 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 SSBA requires that a Review Board review and approve districts Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program.
Westport Central School District qualifies for $195,196 from the Smart Schools Bond Act. This funding must be used in specific categories, among them School Connectivity, Classroom Technology, and High Tech Security Features. The first step in applying for this funding was to submit our Instructional Technology Plan to New York State for review.
All projects that will be funded using Smart Schools funds need to be approved by the State Education Department. If approved, all projects will be fully reimbursable, but districts need to spend the money upfront before being reimbursed.
As a requirement of this process, the district must post the proposed Smart Schools Bond Act Investment Plan on the district's website for at least 30 days to allow for public comment. This document, which includes an email address to direct comments, is available in the related links below. We encourage all community members to review the plan and comment.