The Penn Yan School District will spend the final $631,000 of the $1.275 million allotment for technology devices over three years

Penn Yan Central School officials are putting the final details on the third and final round of the district’s $1.275 Smart Schools Bond Act plan.

That means more technology elements will be coming into the classrooms and buildings over the next three years.

In the 2015–16 school year, the district purchased projectors, computers, tablets, laptops, cases, and charging carts valued at over $350,000 to start the district’s plan to put more technology into the student’s hands and in the classrooms.

In the 2016–17 school school year, an additional $292,625 was spent on more computers, Chromebooks, laptops, iPads, and document cameras.

Now, based on the district strategic technology plan and long term device replacement schedule, the district has plans to purchase additional units through the 2020-21 school year, totaling over $631,000 to zero out the bond.

The latest round of purchases will include 30 classroom projectors, 197 desktop computers, 1407 Chromebooks, 89 Windows laptops, 151 iPads, and five iPad cases that will be purchased over the next three years.

The investment in technology will enhance learning opportunities for all students, according to the district’s Smart Schools plan, which says, in part, “The proposed technology purchases will ensure classrooms have staff computers and interactive projectors that will allow for the most engaging instructional planning,”

The plan also says the district will benefit from having access to a variety of “targeted and meaningful apps and softward packages that allow for individualized/personalized learning.”

The plan, presented by Greg Baker, assistant superintendent for instruction and staff development, also says the devices and technology will enhance communication with parents and  stakeholders with the expansion of the district’s parent portal within the student management systems. Increased access will allow parents to have regular access to their child’s academic progress. Distance technology will allow participation in conferences and webinars.

The plan, which was  approved after a public hearing at the Jan. 17 board of education meeting, also includes a process for the district to loan devices to students attending non-public schools within the district.

Even though the plan includes specific listings of items to purchase, the school district can make changes to those plans as needed. 

The agenda for the Jan. 17 meeting is posted in the Board of Education section of the school district’s website. The agenda packet contains a copy of the entire plan, along with other documents included in the board’s business at that meeting.