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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Governor Hochul has approved the final installment of funds allocated for technology initiatives under the Smart Schools Bond Act.

Some local school districts, including the Geneseo Central School District, have benefited from the program.

Cindy Flowers, the Geneseo Central School District Superintendent said, “To update security cameras, door access—things like that—is very expensive. And with the reduction in state aid that most schools, and Geneseo, are receiving—this has a significant impact. So, we’re dependent on allocations such as this to allow us to move forward with safety and security initiatives.”

Flowers said GCSD was initially approved for over $600k through the $2b Smart Schools Bond Act which aims to enhance school technology and security programs. The school district will receive over $200k with this last installment.

According to School Business Administrator Scott Carroll, this means less burden on the Geneseo taxpayer.

Scott Carroll said, “Where we’re at right now is making sure that we stay very conscientious of what we ask the constituents of Geneseo and making sure our tax ask stays flat.”

As of now, in addition to security, the money has been used to enhance classroom instructional technology with tools like interactive boards.

GCSD Technology Coordinator, John Hold stated, “We have a building project in the back of the school that’s wrapping up and part of this application is going to give us enhanced security cameras on our athletic fields and in the back of the school which includes some new instructional space.”  

Holt added the next step in security enhancement for Geneseo CSD is integrating its high-tech camera system with card access for better monitoring. Albion and West Irondequoit CSDs are also set to receive funding.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Governor Hochul has approved the final installment of funds allocated for technology initiatives under the Smart Schools Bond Act.

Some local school districts, including the Geneseo Central School District, have benefited from the program.

Cindy Flowers, the Geneseo Central School District Superintendent said, “To update security cameras, door access—things like that—is very expensive. And with the reduction in state aid that most schools, and Geneseo, are receiving—this has a significant impact. So, we’re dependent on allocations such as this to allow us to move forward with safety and security initiatives.”

Flowers said GCSD was initially approved for over $600k through the $2b Smart Schools Bond Act which aims to enhance school technology and security programs. The school district will receive over $200k with this last installment.

According to School Business Administrator Scott Carroll, this means less burden on the Geneseo taxpayer.

Scott Carroll said, “Where we’re at right now is making sure that we stay very conscientious of what we ask the constituents of Geneseo and making sure our tax ask stays flat.”

As of now, in addition to security, the money has been used to enhance classroom instructional technology with tools like interactive boards.

GCSD Technology Coordinator, John Hold stated, “We have a building project in the back of the school that’s wrapping up and part of this application is going to give us enhanced security cameras on our athletic fields and in the back of the school which includes some new instructional space.”  

Holt added the next step in security enhancement for Geneseo CSD is integrating its high-tech camera system with card access for better monitoring. Albion and West Irondequoit CSDs are also set to receive funding. Read More EducationRochesterFirst  

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