Utica, Waterville among districts getting approval for Smart Schools plans

Published Nov 28, 2017 at 4:00pm

Utica and Waterville were among several area school districts that received approvals Monday for Smart Schools Investment Plans involving usage of state funding, in the latest round of clearances for the technology-related expenses, according to a state announcement.

They were the only Oneida County districts to get approvals in this round as announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with several other districts being addressed in earlier rounds.

Among Monday’s approvals, from a total of 88 statewide:

• Utica, $5,429,510 for school connectivity and classroom technology;

• Waterville, $45,743 for high-tech security;

• Cazenovia, $360,359 for classroom technology;

• Herkimer, $74,906 for classroom technology; and

• Madison, $63,539 for classroom technology.

The Rome district last July received approval for part of its Smart Schools Investment Plan, involving about $1.11 million from an overall $6 million state funding award.

District Superintendent Peter C. Blake noted today that the state committee reviewing the funding usage for approvals only meets about three times a year.

The funding awards have been received through the state’s Smart Schools Bond Act that was passed by voters in 2014.

The act was geared to help schools bolster technology and modernize classrooms.