Public Hearing Mon. Aug 24 Smart Schools Investment Plan

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NOTICE OF SCHOOL DISTRICT PUBLIC HEARING,

SPRINGS UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Section 6-d of the General Municipal Law 

of the State of New York, a public hearing will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:00pm

prevailing time at the Springs School, 48 School Street, Springs, East Hampton, New York, at 

which time and place the Board of Education of the Springs Union Free School District will 

enable stakeholders to respond to the preliminary SMART School Investment Plan prior to the 

Board of Education of the Springs Union Free School District preparing and approving a final 

plan for submission to the New York State Education Department.  The public hearing shall be 

held at the time and place stated herein. 

 

What is the SMART School Investment Plan? Students at Springs School will continue to utilize educationally appropriate technology as part of the SMART Bonds Act to enhance their thought and problem-solving skills, and use multiple resources to access, evaluate, process, and communicate information. The SMART Bonds Act was created to help school districts update technology in their schools. At this week's July Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the "SMART Schools Preliminary Investment Plan."

As part of the District’s Technology Committee Charter, the Technology Committee is appointed by the Springs UFSD Board of Education to assist the Board by reviewing the current state of technology in the school district and make recommendations to the Board of Education for the purposes of increasing technology to promote teaching and learning. This work continued as part of the planning of the Smart Schools Investment Plan.    

Springs School is looking to acquire interactive whiteboards, laptops and tablet-style computers to enhance the instructional program. The staff will continue to integrate these technologies into every aspect of school life and model the appropriate use of technology so that the students develop exceptional levels of proficiency.


In 2013-14, Springs UFSD began the process of updating the campus’ infrastructure and capabilities. The school purchased and began utilizing one-to-one devices (Chromebooks) in certain grades and with certain teachers who volunteered. These teachers began using the devices as part of daily instructional practices to prepare students to meet the expectations associated with being college and career ready as outlined in the Common Core Learning Standards.


Then, in 2014-15, Springs School implemented a one-student-to-one-device program in fourth grade. This program will continue for the 2015-16 school year in grades 4 and 5 with the hopes of adding another grade each year until grades 4-8 have a one-to-one device program using SMART School funds. This will provide students with opportunities to successfully integrate technology as part of their learning practices.


In preparation, Springs UFSD has upgraded our speed standard to 100 Mbps per 1,000 students for all of our three buildings on the Springs School campus. This work was conducted in the summer of 2013 through 2015.

To view the "SMART Schools Preliminary Investment Plan," please click below. A public hearing will take place during the August Board of Education meeting at the school on Monday, August 24th. Any questions or comments about the plan may be directed to Principal Eric Casale via email: ecasale@springsschool.org

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