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RCS District Office
P.O. Box 100
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143
(518) 756-5200
Robert K. Libby,
Superintendent

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June 13, 2017

Smart Schools Bond Act - public forum July 11

You are invited to a public forum to discuss the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District’s Smart Bond Investment Plan at 5:30 p.m., July 11, 2017. Read more about the plan below.

Smart Bond Initiative

 

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District was allocated $1,491,838 in Smart School Bond Act (SSBA) funds. This calculation is based on the Smart Bond Initiative, passed in Nov. 2014, which awarded $2 billion to all public schools based on enrollment in the district and the state aid formula.

Rules for use for SSBA funds

The district is able to use Smart Schools Bond Act funds for the following purposes:

  • School Networking

  • Classroom Technology

  • Community Connection

  • Pre-K Classroom Improvements

  • Elimination of Temporary/Trailer Classrooms

  • School Security and Safety

The district is not allowed to use Smart Schools Bond Act funds for the following purposes:

  • Pay salaries

  • Pay BOCES

  • Purchase software

Smart Bond Investment Plan

To create a Smart Bond Investment Plan at RCS, district administration first consulted with the district’s architect to establish possible priorities in the approved categories with consideration to the district’s Strategic Plan, Technology Plan and Buildings Condition Survey.

A Smart Bond Planning Committee was then formed to consider the preliminary proposals from the Administration and make a recommendation to the Board of Education. The committee is made up of students, staff, administrators, members of the Board of Education, parents and community members.

Preliminary Proposals

  • Upgrade district wireless and hardwired network infrastructure to support increased demand from additional devices of a possible one-to-one device project.

  • Upgrade district security devices to provide a secure learning environment.

Total Budget

Network                        $602,192
Safety and Security        $177,450

Total                            $779,642

Next Steps

  1. Board of Education reviews the committee recommendations and possibly approves preliminary plan.

  2. Smart Bond Investment Plan is published on the school district web site with an email address for public comments for 30 days.

  3. Smart Bond Investment Plan comments reviewed in a public hearing by the Board of Education. - 5:30 p.m., July 11, 2017

  4. Board of Education possibly approves final plan for submission to NYSED.

  5. Final NYSED review minimum 120 to 150 days

Download Technology Committee presentation on Smart Schools Initiative