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WVCSD to get classroom technology upgrades

on May 19, 2016

The Warwick school district will receive significant funding to upgrade technology in the classroom as part of New York State’s Smart Schools Investment Plan.

The WVCSD will receive $1,474,275, of which $700,158 will go toward school connectivity and $774,117 will be spent on classroom technology.

Warwick is among 52 districts in New York state that will receive a total of $45 million in the first phase of the state’s plan that funds investment in technology such as computer servers, interactive whiteboards, tablets, desktop and laptop computers, and high-speed broadband and wireless connectivity.

Warwick plans to spend its share of the money to boost its internet speed from 200 megabytes per second to 1 gigabyte. This will allow students to load more documents on the cloud and make technology work more smoothly.

The district will also purchase approximately 45 interactive TVs, similar to giant, wall-mounted iPads that will help students access software applications, and will allow teachers to edit video, make presentations and reduce the use of textbooks.

Schools try to enhance their technology program while limiting the adverse impact on taxpayers, said David Leach, superintendent of Warwick schools.

“This allows us to do both,” said Leach, who noted that the upgrade should put the district’s technology infrastructure in good standing for about fifteen years.

The Warwick school district and the Eldred School District are the first in Orange, Ulster or Sullivan to receive money from a $2 billion pot, to eventually be shared by all school districts in the state.

 

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