Smart Schools Investment Plan


Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014

  • Approved by voters in a statewide referendum in November 2014
  • Authorized the issuance of $2 billion to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure
  • $2,189,224 allocated to HFCSD

Eligible Capital Projects

  • 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, desktops, laptops and tablets;
  • Construct, enhance and modernize facilities to accommodate PreK 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 video surveillance, emergency notification systems and physical access controls.

Effective Plans

  • Link district’s educational planning and technology
    investments long-term
  • Provide opportunities beyond the classroom through the
    use of technology
  • Address the educational needs of all students, including
    students with disabilities, English language learners and
    those who have not succeeded in the traditional classroom

State Review Process

  • SSIP submitted through the Business portal for review by Smart Schools Review Board
  • No specific deadline for submissions
  • Plans must be approved in order to request reimbursement for an approved purchase
  • NYSED authorizes payment within 90 days

HFCSD Preliminary Plan

Tech Plan Goals

  • Provide alternative instructional methodologies with a 1:1
  • Sustain and plan for PD as a means to building learning and
    leadership throughout the district
  • Ubiquitous access to technology
  • Support our technology infrastructure based on new tech developments and network inventory lifecycle

Purchase Plan

  • Upgrade the network infrastructure to support increased device security and usage
  • Purchase/refresh devices to facilitate our 1:1 implementation
  • Create interactive technology spaces which promote collaborative and innovative learning


  • Tablets
    • Projected cost: $300
    • Proposed purchase number: 1,000
    • Projected cost: $300,000
  • SMARTBoard 6000
    • Projected cost: $5,000
    • Proposed purchase number: 250
    • Projected cost: $1,250,000
  • Makerspace
    • Projected cost: $10,000
    • Projected cost: $10,000
  • Cisco Telepresence
    • Projected cost: $30,000
    • Proposed purchase number: 1
    • Projected cost: $30,000
  • Flat Panel Displays
    • Projected cost: $1,000
    • Proposed purchase number: 3 to 5
    • Projected cost: $3,000 to $5,000
  • Servers
    • Projected cost: $12,500
    • Proposed purchase number: 8
    • Projected cost: $100,000
  • Router
    • Projected cost: $1,500
    • Proposed purchase number: 2
    • Projected cost: $3,000
  • Firewall
    • Projected cost: $2,000
    • Proposed purchase number: 2
    • Projected cost: $4,000
  • Total: $2,170,000

Next steps

  1. BOE approval of preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan
  2. Community sharing of draft SSIP (website)
  3. A public hearing allowing District stakeholders to respond to the draft plan (General BOE meeting)
  4. Final SSIP approval by the BOE
  5. Submission of the plan to NYSED Business Portal
    1. Amendments resulting in more than 25% of budget expenditures would require public posting for two weeks