Norwood-Norfolk Central School submits technology application for state funding

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NORFOLK — With COVID-19 still keeping some students at home for remote learning, Chromebooks and mobile hotspots are among the items listed on the Norwood-Norfolk Central School District’s application for funding from the state’s Smart Schools Investment Plan.The Smart Schools Bond Act, approved by New York state voters in 2014, authorized 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.“It’s a way to infuse technology into school systems,” Superintendent James Cruikshank said.The district’s portion of the state funding is $1.2 million, and their submission includes $7,800 for community connectivity and $537,810 for classroom technology, a total of $545,610. That leaves $691,187 in unallocated funds for future projects.Mr. Cruikshank said that, while they have enough Chromebooks for students who are learning remotely, they need to keep their supply updated. Their submission includes 700 Chromebooks at $221 each, for a total of $154,700.“We have enough Chromebooks, but we know replacement would be challenging,” he said.They also plan to purchase 95 Dell Mobile Precision computers with performance docks, Dell monitors and Dell Pro briefcases. Those are $1,528 each, for a total of $145,160.In addition, the plan includes the purchase …

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