Smart School Bond Act

SMART Schools Investment Plan

The Smart School Bond Act (SSBA) was passed in the New York State 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act 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.

Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD) plans to utilize allocated SSBA funds to cover the cost of new equipment in the category of High Tech Security.

Security Cameras

Security cameras for multiple building entrances are to be upgraded from analog to digital technology. Also adding new cameras to critical locations where visibility may be improved. The new cameras will have up to date technology functions currently unavailable that will help identify, address, and report any security issues.

Surveillance System

Existing server hardware will be updated to increase the response time to video query as well as integration with existing mobile and web interfaces.

Door Hardening

Doorbells, fobs, and entrance video will be integrated so that the system can report in data logs the entrance time, fob ID, and security camera data seamlessly and in real-time. Video communication at main door entrances will be added. Communication with staff inside will be added to support sign language communication.

Slideshow presentation

This posting is required as part of the SMART Schools Investment Plan. A hearing for stakeholders will be held  9:00 AM to 9:30 AM on Tuesday, May 29th in the Zwick Conference Center (ZCC) in the Galloway Building. Stakeholder feedback is requested at the hearing or via email at

References for more information about SMART Schools Bond Act may be found at NYSED



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