Smart Bond Act

  • The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the State. The SSBA requires that a Review Board review and approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program.

    The Smart Bond Act allocation for Bath Central School District is $1,826,167.  The funds must be used in specific categories; among them School Connectivity, Classroom Technology, and High Tech Security Features. The first step in applying for this funding was to submit our Instructional Technology Plan to New York State for review.  The District's Instructional Technology Plan was submitted to the state and was approved on December 22, 2015.

    All projects that will be funded using Smart Schools funds must be approved by the NYS Department of Education.  If approved, all projects will be fully reimbursable, but districts need to spend the money upfront before being reimbursed.  

    As a requirement of this process, the district must post the Preliminary Smart Schools Bond Act Investment Plan on the district's website for at least 30 days to allow for public comment.  This document, which includes an email address to direct comments, is available in the related links below.  There is also a feedback form posted for public input.  We encourage all community members to review the plan and comment.

    Comments or questions may also be sent to:

    Bath Central School District
    Joseph L. Rumsey, Superintendent
    25 Ellas Avenue
    Bath, NY   14810

    • NYSED Smart Schools Resources Page
      This is a link to the NYSED Smart Schools Resource Page. This website provides links to a majority of the information published related to the Smart Bond Act.
    • Smart Schools District Allocations
      This link will take you to a full list of the allocations for each of the school districts in NYS.
    • Smart Schools Bond Act Guidance
      This link will take you to the guidance document created for NYS school districts. It provides a detailed explanation of acceptable expenditures and SSIP requirements.