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 has been a district-wide overhaul of its wireless network. During the 2016-17 school year we utilized $146,007 of Smart Schools funds to replace aging wireless access points throughout the District.Our plans for the 2017-18 school year are attached here. Briefly, we will expand our recently improved wireless network to include coverage in even more instructional spaces. We will also be replacing the storage servers for our security camera system as well as adding additional security servers.