Weekly Feature

2017-12-07 / Education

Sloan School Board approves preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan


Thanks to the state Smart Schools Bond Act, the Cheektowaga Sloan School District will have more than $1 million in funding for the Smart Schools Investment Plan. The first step in the process is underway as the School Board approved the preliminary plan at Monday’s meeting.

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School Principal Carolyn Segal talked about the potential upgrades that can be made in the district.

“We are now moving forward with phase one of the Smart Schools Investment Plan,” Segal said. “Our district has received approximately $1.3 million in funding that can be allocated into six categories.”

The six categories include:

•School connectivity

•Connectivity projects for the communities

•Classroom technology

•Pre-K classrooms

•Replacement of transportable classrooms

•High-tech security features

Each category gets submitted individually, and the first category that the district will be applying for is “School Connectivity,” which would be a districtwide upgrade in wireless infrastructure and access points.

If it gets approved by the State Investment Plan Portal, the district would allocate $190,599 for this section, which would leave roughly $1.1 million for the five remaining sections.

“Our goal is to have this installed next summer, but it is quite a process, and a lot still needs to happen,” Segal said.

A public hearing will be held on the Smart Schools Investment Plan at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School boardroom, 166 Halstead Ave.

The next School Board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, also at the Woodrow Wilson boardroom. To learn more about district related news, visit www.cheektowagasloan.org.

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