The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) was passed by New York State voters in a referendum held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The SSBA authorized the issuance of $2 billion to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the State. The Manhasset School District will receive $432,581 as its share.
The purpose of the Smart Schools Bond Act is to improve learning and opportunity 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.
In keeping with the requirements of the SSBA, the Manhasset School District has completed the NY State Technology Survey and updated its Technology Plan. Our Smart Schools Investment Plan was submitted in February of 2016. In July of 2016, we received a 2015-16 Technology Plan Approval Letter.
Should you wish to submit comments/feedback about this plan, please send them to Sean Adcroft, Director of Instructional Technology at SAdcroft@ManhassetSchools.org
The District's highest technology priority is a district-wide overhaul of its wireless network. Wireless access to the Manhasset School District’s computer network is currently available in every building. The strongest connectivity is currently located in the Secondary School - particularly in ELA classrooms. This supports the Manhasset Tower Foundation’s 2015 gift of class sets of Chromebooks in every ELA instructional space in the Secondary School.
In the fall of 2015, the Manhasset Tower Foundation, has generously dedicated funds for a summer 2016 deployment of class sets of Chromebooks in all sixth grade instructional areas.
This will greatly enhance the ability of sixth grade teachers to utilize a growing number of web based instructional resources with their students. These include: the Discovery Education Network’s “TechBook” - a multimedia learning resource for Science and Social Studies curricula; Google’s new Classroom virtual learning space and Google’s Apps for Educators; Discovery Education’s Streaming Video Library; Castle Learning’s repository of K-12 curricular materials and much more.
To meet these - and a host of growing mobile computing needs - the district will allocate the majority of its Smart School Bond Act funds to a complete overhaul of its wireless network infrastructure. This project will provide for both wireless coverage and density for all instructional and administrative spaces K-12.