In 2014, Governor Cuomo established the Smart Schools Commission to conduct a review of all New York State schools to determine their ability to:
- Expand online learning and connectivity
- Utilize technology for instruction and professional development
The Smart Schools Commission recommended targeted funding for schools to eliminate gaps in technology. The Smart Schools Bond Act was approved by voters. It authorized the release of $2 billion statewide for all public schools to finance educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning opportunities. Schodack was allocated $623,090.
New York State opened the application process for the program in fall of 2015.