Two Local Schools Awarded State Technology Grants

ALBANY – Chautauqua Lake Central School District and the Southwestern Central School District have been awarded grants through the Smart Schools Investment Plans to improve or upgrade classroom technology.

Chautauqua Lake will receive $35,836 and Southwestern will receive $188,271, according to information released by the state.

The approved plans, totaling $75.6 million, are part of the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act  first proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and approved by voters. More than 80 schools submitted Smart Schools plans.

“These vital investments are playing a critical role in expanding educational opportunity, helping schools modernize outdated classrooms and giving students access to state-of-the-art technology to learn and grow,” Cuomo said. “This funding equips students across New York with the skills and technology they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.”

The Smart Schools Review Board met today for the seventh time to consider investment plans submitted by school districts and special education schools. The Board is made up of State Budget Director Robert F. Mujica, SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

The plans approved today were submitted by 80 school districts and seven special education schools. Projects include $30.0 million for classroom technology purchases, $27.4 million for school connectivity projects, $17.5 million for high-tech security projects, and approximately $745,000 for prekindergarten classroom construction.