The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Executive State Budget and approved by New York State voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, 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 review and approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program.
Cooperstown Central School District qualifies for $496,437 from the Smart Schools Bond Act. This funding will be used for safety and security upgrades in both facilities and technology equipment campus-wide.
All projects that will be funded using Smart Schools funds need to be approved by the State Education Department. If approved, all projects will be fully reimbursable, but districts need to spend the money upfront before being reimbursed.
A public hearing on this plan was held April 26, 2017.
It is the recommendation of the Cooperstown School District, upon receiving input from the SMART Schools Committee, to utilize the bond monies to upgrade high tech safety features in the district. The following breakdown is provided for review:
High School Secure Vestibule and Main Office Relocation
- Currently the high school office does not have direct visibility onto a secure vestibule. Visitors to the building push a button to enter the building, but enter directly into a hallway, manned by a monitor. The main entrance is several yards from the actual main office. This has posed some safety issues with controlling entry into the building with regard to visibility, but also immediate containment of visitors.
- The relocation of the office to a more secure area along with providing an additional exterior door along with additional “hardening” features will greatly improve the safety of the building.
- The projected costs of this feature is $186,000.
Campus-wide Security Cameras
- The district will increase the number of cameras in each building in areas that have the most traffic and potential for safety concerns. Additionally, the current server is not sufficient to handle the quantity of cameras that are needed and the new features of the cameras.
- Exterior cameras with automatic range features will be placed throughout the campus.
- The projected cost of this feature is $241,000
Campus-wide Proximity Readers
- We will provide new centralized proximity reader systems connected to the security camera system.
- The projected cost of this feature is $69,000
The total projected cost of high-tech safety and security features is $496,000
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