Local schools to receive funding to modernize classrooms

Three local schools are on the receiving end of state funding to modernize their classrooms.

Posted: Nov 27, 2017 11:02 PM
Updated: Nov 27, 2017 11:23 PM

NEW YORK – Three local schools are on the receiving end of state funding to modernize their classrooms.

The Smart Schools Bond Act is a $2 billion initiative that aims to finance educational technology and infrastructure, giving students access to the latest technology and connectivity.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the approval of 88 Smart Schools Investment Plans, which total $75.6 million. Three local school districts will receive a portion of that money.

Utica City School District will receive $5.4 million, Waterville Central School District will receive $45 thousand, and Herkimer Central School District will receive nearly $75 thousand.

That money will help fund classroom technology, school connectivity, and high-tech security projects.

“These vital investments are playing a critical role in expanding educational opportunity, helping modernize outdated classrooms and giving students access to state-of-the art technology to learn and grow,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This funding equips students across New York with the skills and technology they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.”

The education technology initiative was proposed by Gov. Cuomo, and was approved by voters throughout New York State.

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