The state of New York this week approved $111 million in awards to K-12 districts planning to use the funds for high-tech security, classroom technology, school connectivity, and more.
The awards are the latest distributions from a $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, which voters passed in November 2014.
Approved plans were submitted by 111 school districts and eight special education schools, according to an announcement on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s website.
The most requested grant was for high-tech security projects, which received a total of $51.5 million distributed among 67 districts and schools.
The largest awards for high-tech security were made to:
- Buffalo City ($4.1 million)
- Newburgh City ($3.6 million)
- Watertown City ($3.4 million)
- Shenendehowa ($3.1 million)
- Hempstead ($2.9 million)
Another $24.8 million will be used for classroom technology purchases, with 61 districts and schools offering plans to use their awards in this category. Beyond that, $1.4 million was awarded to non-public schools for their plans to enhance classroom technology and school connectivity.
The five districts securing the largest infusions for classroom technology are:
- Middle Country ($2.3 million)
- Levittown ($2.29 million)
- Massapequa ($1.88 million)
- Rocky Point ($1.4 million)
- Greece ($974,000)
School connectivity projects were funded at $19 million, distributed among 57 educational agencies. A total of $3.1 million was awarded to two districts for the expansion of pre-k classrooms.
A detailed summary of which districts and schools are receiving awards, and the size of those grants, is available here. The first awards under the $2 billion bond were made in 2016.