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Sep 22, 2015 3:41 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays School District Creating Committee To Spend $400,000 On Technology

Sep 22, 2015 3:52 PM

The Hampton Bays School District was awarded nearly $500,000 in state grant money to upgrade technology in the district.

The money was awarded to the district as part of the Smart Schools Bond Act signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in November 2014 that called for $2 billion in bonds to be distributed to schools throughout the state to improve educational technology, explained Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen.

To access the $494,867 that Hampton Bays was awarded, the district must form a committee with members of the community—including School Board members, teachers and PTA members—and create a Smart Schools Improvement Plan to describe to the state how they intend to spend the money and how it will benefit the majority of the students in the district.

There are four allowable uses for the money: installing high speed broadband internet, purchasing electronic equipment (such as computers or smart boards), buying security devices and improving instruction areas.

“The idea behind it was to bring schools into the 21st century with technology,” Mr. Clemensen said.

Mr. Clemensen added that he is working to form a committee this fall. That committee, which he said would likely consist of 10 to 15 people, will work with the district’s Information Technology department to decide what technology upgrades would best benefit the majority of the district.

There is no deadline to form the committee or submit the plan, according to Mr. Clemensen.

The district already has a technology committee that includes 10 teachers and administrative representatives from each building. The new committee will be more diverse, also including parents and possibly other community representatives.

When the new committee finishes the improvement plan, it will be reviewed and finalized by the Board of Education before it is sent to Albany.

Although the committee will be in charge of deciding what upgrades are included in the plan, Mr. Clemensen noted that he thinks infrastructure improvements—including wires, switches, cables and network management software—should be made.

“At this early stage, I think we need to make an improvement in the backbone of the infrastructure,” he said.

Other districts across the South Fork also received money from the program, including Remsenburg-Speonk, Eastport-South Manor, Quogue, Westhampton Beach, East Quogue, Tuckahoe, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, Springs, East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk.

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They too, like tuckahoe, will be under water soon. Keep it up, Hampton Bays.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Sep 22, 15 6:40 PM
If you read the article, they are receiving grant money from the state, it doesn't affect their budget.

By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Sep 23, 15 10:20 PM
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Anyone looking into the future will see technology as being the key. The District should do everything they can to educate students on technology- coding- programing and providing the best teaching and hardware to facilitate this. Hampton Bays do your kids a favor and forgo the spend on the sports and do the technology thing. Be a model for the East End and see your graduates soar.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Sep 22, 15 6:50 PM
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“We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”

― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 23, 15 10:00 PM
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Maybe we need to have kids learn the basics, before we start with technology. Texting, and surfing the net is not learning technology. We need the hard work done not trying to rely on technology for teaching.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Sep 24, 15 5:41 PM
Regardless of state grants, I predict, as a rational person, that Hampton Bays School District will eventually find that it can no longer stand on taxpayer money.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Sep 24, 15 10:25 PM
"Regardless of the state grants"? That is exclusively what this article is about? If you have to totally ignore the subject matter, perhaps your assumption is not supported by the article. Hampton Bays deserves credit for obtaining the grant and then working to spend less than they get in the most efficient manner. The kids should really benefit from this.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Sep 25, 15 6:04 AM
Congrats Hampton Bays for getting the grant.
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Sep 25, 15 3:48 PM