Two native faculty districts are in line to obtain practically $800,000 in state funding earmarked for know-how and faculty safety upgrades.
Avon and Dansville Central Colleges have been two of 111 faculty districts, and eight particular training faculties, to obtain $111 million in funding for 133 such initiatives. Funding, which was introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Feb. 26, was awarded from a $2 billion pot of borrowed cash accepted by state voters in 2014 by way of the Good Colleges Bond Act.
“This funding expands alternatives for college kids and educators, and supplies New York’s future leaders with a protected faculty surroundings and the newest know-how to study the abilities obligatory to reach the trendy economic system,” mentioned Cuomo in an announcement.
Added Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul: “The Good Colleges program is increasing studying alternatives and offering superior know-how and connectivity in school rooms throughout the state, bringing the curriculum into the 21st century.”
Avon is receiving $421,711 in funding, which Superintendent Ryan Pacette mentioned can be allotted within the following methods.
■ $295,000 was allotted for varsity connectivity which is earmarked for upgrading the district’s native space community in an effort to help its 1:1 studying initiative. This features a new community core, community edge switches, and upgrading the fiber optic connections to all district community closets. Attributable to the truth that a big time period handed earlier than the venture was accepted, Avon has accomplished a few of this deliberate work utilizing different funding sources, mentioned Pacette. The district is planning to make the most of roughly $215,000 to improve its native community and the remaining steadiness might be accessible to fund different know-how initiatives;
$123,000 is deliberate for extra digital safety. This contains extra servers, cameras and the set up of each.
$4,000 for private faculties is put aside for native private faculties companions to buy know-how to help their studying communities.
The funding “will go a great distance to assist our core infrastructure to help the executive and studying initiatives through which we’re invested,” mentioned Pacette. “Jim Ellis, Tara Schneider, the complete know-how committee and our board of training labored diligently to get us up to now. We recognize what they made occur for the Avon Faculty District.”
Dansville is utilizing all of its $373,500 “to switch growing older Chromebooks with new, contact display Chromebooks,” mentioned Superintendent Paul Alioto.
The Good Colleges proposition licensed New York to promote bonds and use the ensuing inflow of money to offer entry to classroom know-how and high-speed web connectivity, add classroom house to increase high-quality pre-kindergarten applications, substitute classroom trailers with everlasting tutorial house and set up “high-tech good security measures” in faculties.
Residents of Livingston County voted in opposition to the measure by a greater than nine-point margin.
Faculty enchancment initiatives have been reviewed and licensed by the Good Colleges Assessment Board, a three-member board comprised of the state’s director of the finances, SUNY chancellor and commissioner of the state training division.
As a part of the bond proposal, Cuomo created the Good Colleges Fee to collect info on methods for a way faculties may most successfully make investments the bond funds. The advisory fee produced a last report, which may be seen on-line here, recommending a concentrate on increasing sturdy broadband and wi-fi connectivity and using “transformative applied sciences.”