North Country Schools Will Soon Get Smarter

North Country Schools Will Soon Get Smarter

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Five north country school districts will soon be getting smarter.

Technology upgrade projects have been approved as part of the state's Smart Schools Bond Act.

Clifton-Fine Central School District received more than $400,000.

Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District received more than $250,000.

Copenhagen Central School received more than $200,000.

Sackets Harbor Central School received almost $70,000.

And Beaver River Central School was awarded the largest amount locally - more than $875,000.

It's big news for a small school district like Beaver River..

"We knew that it was up to the review board yesterday, so we were watching to see if it came through," said Superintendent Todd Green.

The money comes as part of the state's Smart Schools Bond Act that was approved by voters in 2014.

School districts like Beaver River were budgeted a certain amount of funds. And since then, school officials like Green have been coming up with plans.

Beaver River Central will be getting an expanded wireless network, a new security system that will help administrators lock down the school quicker in the case of an emergency and an updated phone system.

"The phone system being 20 years old, that's gotta be upgraded. We can't even get the parts for that system anymore," said Green.

Copenhagen Central received more than $200,000 for phase one of its upgrades. That means each classroom will be getting a new display board that can be connected to devices, like students' laptops.

"Many of the displays in our building are upwards of 15 years aged out, so it's a necessary improvement but it's an improvement our district probably couldn't afford without the smart schools funding," said Darlene Rowsam, technology coordinator at Copenhagen Central School.

Both of the schools hope to get moving on their projects right away.

Copenhagen plans to start buying display boards early next year and Beaver River is hoping to make its upgrades over summer vacation.

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