September 30, 2019
Queensbury was originally allocated $1,921,304 through the state’s Smart Schools Bond Act. For Phase 1 of its Smart Schools Plan, the district implemented clear touch interactive displays at Queensbury Elementary School, purchased projectors and LCD screens for Queensbury Middle School, purchased Chromebooks to assist the 1:1 initiative districtwide and strengthened wireless connectivity across campus. The focus of the Phase II Plan will be implementing virtual desktop infrastructure and upgrading current infrastructure geared towards classroom technology and learning. The planning of phase II of Queensbury's Smart Schools Investment Plan is underway.
If you have any questions about the preliminary plan, please email John Luthringer, Queensbury’s Director of Instructional Technology: email@example.com.
History of the Smart Schools Bond Act
The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 New York State budget and approved by voters in a statewide referendum during the November 2014 general election. 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. There is no time limit for spending the district’s allocation as it can be spread out over several years. The SSBA requires that a Review Board examine and approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program. Queensbury was originally allocated $1,921,304 through the state’s Smart Schools Bond Act.