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First stage of CV Smart Bond technology plan moves forward

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Central Valley Board of Education approved the first phase of the district’s Smart School Investment Plan (SSIP1). The proposal would spend $1 million for technology upgrades to Jarvis Middle School. All work is funded entirely through New York’s Smart Schools Bond Act—at no additional cost to the local taxpayer.

Technology consultant Archi-Technology worked with the district’s Technology Committee to develop the plan. The group began by looking at the district’s strategic goals. They, then, looked at existing technology and school safety to identify areas needing updating.

This first phase calls for the district to make the following changes in coordination with Jarvis Middle School’s renovation:

  • Upgrade the school’s technology infrastructure, such as improvements to the technology rooms, new computer cabling,
  • Install safety equipment, including video surveillance equipment and improved access control and detection systems, and
  • Install new PA and clock systems.

The $1 million cost is approximately one third of the total $2.95 million available under New York’s Smart Schools Bond Act. The balance will be used to make other district improvements that will be outlined in the next phase of the SSIP.

Next steps are as follows:

  • Nov. 16: BOE approved SSIP1 Executive Summary Draft
  • Nov. 17: District posts Executive Summary Preliminary to district website for 30-day review
  • Dec. 14: Community comments on plan at public review meeting, 6:30 p.m. in LGI prior to Board meeting
  • Jan. 25: BOE votes whether to approve Executive Summary Final
  • Jan. 30: District submission plan to state
  • TBD: District submits design documents to State Education Facility Planning for review
  • TBD: Bidding begins following State Education Department approval

Voters approved the Smart Schools Bond Act in November 2014. The act finances improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students.