District To Receive $1.3 Million Through Smart Schools Bond Act
The New York State Department of Education recently approved the Lake Shore Central School District Smart Schools plan and has approved the dispersal of $1,375,574. This money will be applied to improvements in school connectivity infrastructures, classroom devices, and high-tech security cameras, and window and door hardening.
“We are thrilled to have our District plan approved by NYSED,” said Lake Shore Superintendent of Schools James Przepasniak. “This was an intitaitive driven by Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Melissa Bergler and Director of Technology, Jeff Barnes. Togeteher they identified the best way to implement and upgrade our current facilities and equipment. Their tireless work on this initiative will result in an improved learning experience for all students at Lake Shore.”
The Smart Schools Bond Act was first proposed by Governor Cuomo in 2014 and subsequently approved by voters. It encourages investments in education technology that will prepare students for secondary education and the requirements of employment in the global economy. It also supports installation of high-tech security features in buildings and on campuses. Together, these investments will allow students access to technology in a safe learning environment.
After a five month process of planning, the Lake Shore proposal was submitted for review by the Smart Schools Review Board in July of 2016. It was approved in December of 2018 and funds are already available for District allocation.