Smart Schools Bond Act Supplemental Investment Plan

  • On November 4, 2014, New York State voters approved a statewide referendum, the Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA), as part of the General Election. This approval authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds intended to finance the improvement of educational technology and infrastructure throughout the State. As a result of the SSBA, the Yonkers Public Schools was allocated a total of $23,965,851 to be used in support of the following eligible categories:

    • Educational Technology Equipment – including but not limited to – interactive whiteboards, desktops, laptops, tablets, servers
    • High Speed Broadband
    • Wireless Internet Connectivity – for schools and communities.
    • Construct, Enhance or Modernize Educational Facilities – to accommodate Pre-K programs Provide Instructional Space – to replace transportable classroom units
    • High-tech Security Features – in school buildings and campuses

    The District has assembled a Smart Schools Bond Act Committee, which includes representatives from all stakeholder groups, as outlined in the SSBA Guidance. The committee has been charged with the development and implementation of the Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP).

    As is required by the statute, the Yonkers Public Schools has completed and submitted the District’s 2015-2018 Instructional Technology Plan and Survey which was approved by the New York State Education Department on October 16, 2015. All anticipated technology related expenditures are in alignment with the goals and expectations of the District’s Technology Plan.