main content starts hereDistrict receives $300,000 state grant for Center for Advanced Technology

| December 11, 2015
Mohonasen will also benefit from shared transportation services grant

The district has been awarded $300,000 in state funding for the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen.

The Department of State Local Government Efficiency grant was announced by Governor Cuomo on Thursday, Dec. 10, as part of Regional Economic Development Council funding.

“We are thrilled to receive this funding, which will allow us to fully outfit the Center’s lab spaces with equipment,” said Mohonasen Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Spring. The district hopes to provide additional workforce development training in the future.

“We are also encouraged that the state has publicly recognized the importance of this project to the region,” said Spring.

The Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen is currently under construction on the district’s middle school/high school campus. The approximately 53,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility will house a variety of modern, high-tech labs and classrooms that offer learning experiences in “real-world” work environments. Through a unique partnership between Mohonasen, Capital Region BOCES and Schenectady County Community College (SCCC), classes will be offered to high school, college and workforce development students.

EFFICIENCY PROJECT

The district will also benefit from a $600,000 grant received by Niskayuna Central School District. The funds will be used to upgrade and modernize Niskayuna’s transportation facility, which will also serve as a hub for joint efforts with area districts.

Mohonasen this fall joined with the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Niskayuna, and Scotia-Glenville school districts in a partnership to share bus routes to select out-of-district locations. Under the grant, the transportation partners will continue to explore areas of increased efficiency such as joint training and certification, shared bus inspections, sharing spare buses, and cooperative purchasing and storage of items like fuel, tires and parts. Upgrading the facility at 1301 Hillside Avenue is a key component of realizing efficiencies in these areas.

Spring said the grant will strengthen the partnership with the area districts. “This provides us an opportunity to operate even more efficiently and effectively, and ultimately can benefit our taxpayers by cutting transportation costs,” said Spring.

Both districts’ grant proposals were developed in partnership with the Grants and Development Service of Capital Region BOCES.