Smart Schools 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.

    Farmingdale’s Allocation - $2,908,802

    Allowable Project Categories:

    1. Install high-speed broadband or wireless internet connectivity for schools and communities;
    2. Acquire learning technology equipment or facilities, including but not limited to interactive whiteboards, computer servers, and desktop, laptop, and tablet computers;
    3. Construct, enhance, and modernize educational facilities to accommodate prekindergarten programs and to provide instructional space to replace classroom trailers; and/or
    4. Install high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses, including but not limited to video surveillance, emergency notification systems, and physical access controls.

    Farmingdale has proposed three projects for its Preliminary Investment Plan that fall into Categories 1, 2 & 4 above. These proposals were presented to the Board of Education on June 5, 2019 and the Board had approved the Preliminary Investment Plan.  The Preliminary Investment Plan is posted below and we invite stakeholder comments via email up until July 6, 2019. Please feel free to contact us at smartschools@farmingdaleschools.org with any questions or comments.