Erate is a Federal program under the FCC run by the Universal Service Administration Corporation that provides discounts to Schools and Libraries in an efforts to increase pervasive connectivity and access to the Internet. Riverhead Schools takes part in Erate to obtain discounts on Internet and Wide Area Network services as well as other eligible product as services as needed. For general information on Erate and the application process, visit https://www.usac.org/sl/
Riverhead Central Schools current discount/reimbursement rate is 80% due to our Free and Reduced lunch percentage residing between 50% and 74%.
If you are a vendor responding to our Erate 470 Application (190012578) for FY2019 please read on.
NYS SMART Bond
The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted State Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. New York’s Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) authorized the issuance of $2 billion in general obligation bond to provide access to classroom technology and high-speed internet connectivity to equalize opportunities for children to learn as well as to support infrastructure in New York’s schools.
The 2014-15 Enacted State Budget included a methodology to calculate the Smart Schools Bond Act allocation amount for each eligible school district. Eligible school districts are those that receive Foundation Aid. The amount is proportionate to the district’s share of total formula based school aid in the 2013-14 school year, excluding Building Aid, Universal Prekindergarten Aid, and the Gap Elimination Adjustment.
For example, if a district receives 2 percent of this total State school aid, the school district’s Smart Schools Bond Act allocation would be $40 million (0.02 × $2,000,000,000). The funding available under the Smart Schools Bond Act is a one-time allocation, not an annual amount. These funds will not expire, but once they are expended, no additional funds will be made available. Riverhead’s Allocation is $2,191,853. School district allocations are available at: http://programs.governor.ny.gov/smart-schools-ny
For Frequently Asked Questions about the Smart Schools Bond Act please review this document from NYS Department of Education: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/documents/UpdatedSSBAFAQS_2020.pdf
District Technology Plan
Originally created in Wiki format the technology plan is a living document that is the culmination of the technology committee’s vision for technology in Riverhead Central School District.
In 2015 NYS changed the requirements from a technology plan to a technology plan survey. Our new technology plan was approved by the board in the fall of 2018.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on many schools, NYS Department of Education has extended the effective dates for our current technology plan to the end of 2022. DITP Memo to Superintendents
2022-2025 Instructional Technology Plan
2018-2021 Instructional Technology Plan