Smart Schools

Queensbury was originally allocated $1,921,304 through the state’s Smart Schools Bond Act, which was passed in the 2014-2015 budget.

Phase 1

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 district-wide and strengthened wireless connectivity across campus.

Phase 2

Phase 2 of the plan started in 2019 and is replacing servers that are outdated, as well as upgrading current infrastructure geared towards classroom technology and learning. Phase 2 also includes the replacement of VMware server environment, a new projector in the high school auditorium and a new laser engraver.

Phase 2 timeline

  • Sept. 30, 2019 – Preliminary plan posted to website
  • October 2019 – Preliminary plan presented to Board of Education
  • October/November 2019 – Public comment
  • Nov. 12, 2019 – Board of Education approval of final plan
  • Nov. 13, 2019 – Technology SSIP submitted
  • Approval within one calendar year

Phase 3

QES proposal

  • Cleartouch Displays
    • 49 – Cleartouch Displays
      • Streamline all interactive devices to Cleartouch
      • Approximate Cost = $315,000
  • Projectors
    • 9 Projectors
      • Approximate Cost = $13,500
  • LCDs on stands (TVs)
    • 14 LCDs
      • Approximate Cost = $8,500

WHBI/QMS proposal

  • Classroom Projectors
    • WHBI – 27
    • QMS – 65
  • Current projectors aging
  • Repairs and replacements are becoming more common
  • New projectors have built in casting features
  • Utilized existing infrastructure
    • Cost Savings
  • WHBI Projector Replacements
    • 27 projectors
      • Approximate Cost: $43,000
  • QMS Projector Replacements
    • 65 projectors
      • Approximate Cost: $104,000

SSIP Overall Proposal

  • QES Technology
    • Approximate Cost: $337,000
  • WHBI Technology
    • Approximate Cost: $43,000
  • QMS Technology
    • Approximate Cost: $104,000
  • Total Cost – $484,000
    • Remaining SSBA Funds: $470,461 

Phase 3 timeline

  • Nov. 23, 2020 – Public Presentation
  • Dec. 14, 2020 – Public Hearing
  • Dec. 14, 2020 – BOE Approval of SSIP Plan (pending questions from public hearing)
  • Dec. 15, 2020 – Submit SSIP application to SED