By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – Sidney Central School District recently announced the good news that it was awarded a portion of grant funding totaling about $1.1 million from the Smart Schools Bond Act. Sidney superintendent, William Christensen, said, “Sidney’s share is 1.3 million. We submitted a plan last year and our recent approval is for 1.1 million of it.”
Sidney is one of many schools statewide to benefit.
The funding, Christensen said, will go toward increasing security measures on the district campus.
Christensen explained on July 18, “Three years ago the voters across New York State approved what’s called the Smart Schools Bond Act.”
Further background information on the Sidney Central School website, sidneyscd.org, states: “The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 … and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held … on Nov. 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the state. The SSBA requires that a review board … approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program.”
Reiterating that, Christensen said, funds awarded through the SSBA have “very distinct purposes” and must be used for pre-specified enhancements such as the addition of pre-school space or the implementation of certain technologies. In October 2015, the district was awarded an earlier iteration of the same grant, which went toward Sidney’s Instructional Technology Plan. This year’s award, said Christensen, will focus on security.
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