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LI districts score big in $44M Smart Schools round

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Roughly $13 million in technology upgrades are coming to 11 Long Island school districts through the state’s $2 billion Smart Schools program – including the two largest individual awards doled out this funding round.

Funds besting $12.88 million for Island schools are part of about $44 million spread over 65 Smart Schools Investment Plans announced this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, marking the latest funding round through the Smart Schools Bond Act approved by voters in 2014. Smart Schools is designed to close the “digital divide” by ensuring balanced education-technology investments across the state, equipping students with the skills they’ll need to compete in the 21st century global economy regardless of their district’s relative economic wealth.

The top statewide winner this round is the Freeport Union Free School District, which was awarded more than $3.12 million for school-connectivity and classroom-technology upgrades.

Balancing act: Smart Schools initiative levels the field for all New York students, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Also cracking the $3 million plateau this round is the North Babylon UFSD, which will earmark $1.89 million for classroom tech and roughly $1.1 million for new connectivity efforts.

The top off-Island award this round went to the Saratoga Springs City School District, which received more than $2.73 million to fund classroom-tech ($1.91 million) connectivity ($475,905) and data-security ($343,975) initiatives.

Other big Long Island winners this round include the Miller Place UFSD ($1.89 million), the Long Beach City School District ($1.74 million) and the Center Moriches UFSD (1.03 million). In addition to classroom and connectivity upgrades, Miller Place will use $1.4 million to wire up its pre-K programs, while Center Moriches will pour $130,000 into high-tech security upgrades.

Security is also on the mind of the East Islip and Mattituck-Cutchogue UFSDs. East Islip, which was awarded a total of $625,228, will put $54,000 into high-tech security – the rema

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