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Smart Schools logoThe East Greenbush Central School District is submitting a Smart Schools Investment Plan proposal to the Board of Education to spend $840,000 in state funding for instructional technology upgrades. The proposal will be presented to the board at its public meeting on February 10.

The plan would replenish the district’s chromebook inventory by purchasing 3,000 chromebooks. These chromebooks would help sustain the district’s 1:1 Lighthouse Chromebook Program by replacing existing chromebooks that reach end of life.

The money is coming from $2.3 million in state funding that was allocated to East Greenbush CSD through the Smart Schools Bond Act which was approved by voters in a statewide election in November 2014. It authorized $2 billion to fund public schools with educational technology and infrastructure upgrades to improve learning opportunities.

Smart Schools Investment Plan Proposal

Item Quantity Amount
HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE (Education Edition) 3,000 x $255 $765,000
Google Management license 3,000 x $25 $75,000
TOTAL = $840,000

The district has spent approximately $1.5 million of its Smart Schools funding on projects such as enhancing the WiFi network at all schools, purchasing instructional technology devices such as interactive displays and other classroom technology and creating the 1:1 Lighthouse Chromebook Program.

Public Comment Period

In accordance with state regulations, school districts are required to seek public comment, as well as Board of Education approval, before plans can be submitted to the NYS Education Department.

The Smart Schools Investment Plan proposal is now open for public comment for the next 30 days. After this period ends, the plan will be submitted to the Board of Education.

Feel free to leave your comment about the plan with your name and contact information in the form below. It will be sent to the Director of Technology Peter Goodwin.