Download the Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP), approved by the Hudson CSD Board of Education on July 25, 2016.
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SMART Schools Bond Act Update
The SMART Schools Bond Act of 2014 was passed in the 2014-15 enacted budget and
approved by voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 general election vote.
The SMART Schools allocation for the Hudson City School District is $1,771,233.
The purpose of the SMART Schools Bond Act is to improve learning and opportunities for
public and nonpublic school students by funding capital projects to:
- Install high-speed broadband or wireless internet connectivity for schools and communities;
- Acquire learning technology equipment or facilities, including but not limited to interactive whiteboards, computer servers, and desktop, laptop, and tablet computers;
- Construct, enhance, and modernize educational facilities to accommodate pre-kindergarten programs and to provide instructional space to replace classroom trailers; and/or
- Install high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses, including but not limited to video surveillance, emergency notification systems, and physical access controls.
Since approval, New York State has been creating guidelines and timelines to be followed by school districts. The first significant milestone was thesubmission of our Instructional Technology Plan for approval by the NYS Education Department. Our plan was submitted and approved (following initial review by BOCES).
The next, and most critical step is the creation of a SMART Schools Investment Plan (SSIP) to demonstrate how funds will be used to provide educational tools and opportunities to our students. Approval of the SSIP by the SMART Schools Review Board requires:
- Consultation with parents, teachers, students, community members, any nonpublic school representatives;
- Approval of a preliminary SSIP by the Board of Education (BOE);
- Posting of the preliminary plan on the district website for 30 days with directions for community members to provide written feedback;
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- A public hearing facilitated by the BOE to provide additional opportunity for community feedback;
- Preparation and approval of a final SSIP by the BOE;
- Posting of the final plan on the district website.
Allocation of Funds