Albion schools will form committee for $2.2 million in state technology funds

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 July 2017 at 12:03 pm

ALBION – The school district will form a committee to develop a plan for spending $2.2 million in state technology funding.

The Board of Education on Monday said the committee will develop a plan, which will be subject to a local public hearing as well as approval from the state Education Department.

The state approved $2.2 million for the district as part of a $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, which was passed by NY voters in 2014.

The board hasn’t named specific members of the committee but said it wants “district stakeholders.”

The state hasn’t set a deadline for schools to use the funding. The districts pay for the computer, technology and security upgrades, and then get reimbursed by the state.

Other schools have developed plans and have received funding from the state. Lyndonville, for example, installed interactive white boards in classrooms this past school year and was approved last week for $315,600 for “connectivity” at the district.

The new routers, network improvements, switches, wireless access points, and classrooms hardwired for computers will allow the district to have the computer infrastructure in place for phase three, when Lyndonville adds laptops, desktop computers, computer servers and more white boards.

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