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State approves $235K for security at Medina in Smart Schools Bond Act funding

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 July 2020 at 3:39 pm

The state has approved $235,256 in high-tech security upgrades at Medina Central School. The project was included in the latest round of funding through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

The money is available through a $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, which was passed by NY voters in 2014. (In Orleans County, the five school districts were approved for about $7 million combined in technology aid as part of the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act. The state breaks that down to $2,238,441 for Albion; $1,311,463 for Holley; $967,959 for Kendall; $733,151 for Lyndonville; and $2,000,222 for Medina.)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced that $94 million in projects have been approved at 131 school districts and five special education schools. Those projects include classroom technology, high-tech security and school connectivity.

“As the ongoing public health crisis has shown, now more than ever we must do everything possible to help schools modernize their infrastructure and are equipped to keep students up with their studies even when they can’t be in the classroom,” Cuomo said in a statement. “With this funding, we are helping schools navigate the pandemic while expanding opportunities and providing students with the skills and technology they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.”

The Smart Schools Review Board met today for the 15th time to consider investment plans submitted by school districts and special education schools. The Board is composed of the Director of the Budget, the Chancellor of the State University of New York, and the Commissioner of the State Education Department.

The plans approved today were submitted by 131 school districts and five special education schools. Projects include $52.2 million for classroom technology, $13.7 million for school connectivity, $24.9 million for high-tech security and $2 million for pre-kindergarten classrooms.

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