Nearly $20 million in funding was approved to help improve a number of Hudson Valley school districts.

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced approval of 52 Smart Schools Investment Plans aimed at improving school security and reimagining teaching and learning for the 21st century.

The approved plans, totaling $50 million, are part of the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, a sweeping education technology initiative first proposed by the Governor and overwhelmingly approved by voters, officials say.

"The Smart Schools Bond Act is playing a critical role in ensuring school safety and modernizing outdated classrooms," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding expands educational opportunity and provides students with the skills and technology they need to succeed in the 21st-century economy."

The investments will help to ensure safety, modernize classrooms across New York, and equip students with the skills they need to thrive in the global economy, according to the Governor's Office.

The plans approved Wednesday were submitted by 43 school districts and seven special education schools. Projects include $30 million for high-tech security projects, $16.7 million for school connectivity projects, and $3.2 million for classroom technology purchases.

Below are local school districts which will receive funding:

  • Arlington - $350,155
  • Edgemont - $43,627
  • Haverstraw/Stony Point - $1,900,072
  • Marlboro - 1,042,689
  • Minisink Valley - $3,571,363
  • Newburgh - $1,374,291
  • Red Hook - $364,267
  • Rondout Valley - $184,868
  • Rye - $11,060,104

More information about where the money is going for each school district can be found HERE. 

With the Smart Schools Bond Act, school districts are investing in technology such as computer servers, interactive whiteboards, tablets, desktop and laptop computers, and high-speed broadband and wireless connectivity. This technology helps students to learn at their own pace, expands access to advanced courses and interactive curriculum, and enhances communication between parents and teachers. Investments in high-tech school security support the purchase of new equipment, such as high-resolution digital cameras to enhance districts' video surveillance capabilities and other safety technology.

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