NY’s 2014-2015 budget includes the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act to be put before voters in the November 2014 election. Should it pass, Moravia Central School District will receive a proportional share of the $2 billion based on the proportion of total formula school aid the district receives.
To receive the funds, Moravia Central School District in the county of Cayuga is required to submit a detailed plan to a state review board. In developing plans, the school district is required to consult with appropriate stakeholders, including Moravia parents, teachers, students and Moravia community members.
Moravia Central School District Smart Schools Capital Projects can include:
- Installing high-speed broadband or wireless Internet connectivity for schools and communities
- Providing instructional space to replace transportable classroom units
Moravia District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:
Moravia 2014 enrollment: 914 students
|Funding type||Formula Aid||Hardware/Software||Pre-k||Bond Allocation|
|State Total||$21,280,313,886||$85,204,216||$385,034,734||$2 Billion|
Not enough money.
A significant problem with this bond is that a district might spend on getting broadband access and a few computers while another district may spend the money on building pre-k classroooms. There just isn’t enough money unless Moravia Central School District already has high speed access, pre-k and a somewhat robust technology department. Even then, the legacy costs of maintaining additional salaries, pensions, benefits and technology will belong to Moravia taxpayers. Similarly, Obama’s Race to the top program required all sorts of added services while providing pennies per student. As with this bond, it was big on “progressive” ideas and short on methods to pay for and maintain it. In the end it will likely result in higher local property taxes and state taxes (AKA- state aid).
3 technology spending examples:
|2013 spending*||$1.5 million/yr||$920,000||$550,000|
|Bond allocation||$1.9 million||$444,0000||$1.1 million|
Find the Moravia Central School District technology plan with a pre-linked search at Bing.
Don’t vote without knowing your local plan.
The $2 billion Smart Schools Bond is set to be voted on in November 2014. That being said, Moravia Central School District parents, taxpayers and community members should pay close attention to what the district is planning to do with this money. You may find the media pushing the idea that everyone is getting a laptop while your district has to buy a building for mandatory preschool services and decides it needs to install video surveillance. Then again, you may wind up with a front door that will stop a tank. Every district has different needs.