HERKIMER — The SMART Schools Bond Act will help bring security improvements to the Herkimer Central School District.
The district’s Board of Education will decide on whether to accept a bid from Armoured One — a school security glass company — during a meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Herkimer Junior-Senior High School.
The Smart Schools Bond Act was approved through a statewide referendum during the 2014 general election. The act authorizes 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, according to the state Education Department website.
The act requires each plan be reviewed and approved by the Smart Schools Review Board before a district goes forward with bidding, contracting or expending of any act funds, according to the website.
District Superintendent Robert Miller said Tuesday the district was awarded a total of $953,000 through the act and that the district has, so far, applied for half of the funding — approximately $425,000.
The district’s first SMART Bond project was for about $350,000 for security upgrades and improvements, said Miller.
"We are working with Day Automation and the state contract system to upgrade the district's cameras, public address system and other security systems and access controls," said Miller in an email Tuesday.
Miller said the bid for Armoured One will be for a contract to "improve the security envelop of the building."
"The details of much of the work involve building level security systems which we do not discuss publicly," he said.
Miller said the second part of the district’s first SMART Bond project is for about $75,000 for student devices and instructional equipment. He said he hopes this portion will be awarded at the end of the month when the SMART Bond Review Board meets.
"We work with our district and building level technology teams to coordinate SMART Bond funds with other district technology funds to systematically enhance our technology programs," he said.
If approved, this will go toward the district goal to be a 1 to 1 district — where each student will have some type of device to use for their classes. Chromebooks are currently present throughout the junior-senior high school, and are being used by seventh-grade and eighth-grade students for all of their core classes.