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State Education Commissioner Visits Troy School on First Day

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TROY, N.Y.-- Summer break is officially over, but students in one class at Troy High School are going to be starting the school year on a high note.

State Education Commissioner, Dr. John King will be joining the school's Pathways in Technology inaugural class Thursday afternoon.

The district is one of only 16 in the state to receive a $2.6 million NYS P-Tech grant, through which, each participating student will earn an associates degree at HVCC.

While many hot topics like the Common Core are still on people's minds, Dr. King's visit will highlight that class, and the school year ahead.

In November, it will be up to voters to decide whether to authorize the New York Bonds for School Technology Act.

The $2 billion bond would be dispersed to districts across the state to buy things like interactive white boards and tablets, and to update school security features.

Troy Middle School opened doors last year already featuring many of those tools.

After local voters saw the benefits of having these tools at students finger tips, a Capital Project addressing the entire district was voted on.

"Thank you to our voters last December they passed and $8.4 million bond vote which is to give the updates in this building district-wide in all of our buildings, so the instructional technology you see here will be in classroom and every building in this district," said Troy School District superintendent John Carmello.

If the Smart Schools Bond Act passes in November, schools like Troy that already have their own capital projects in the works, will be able to use the state money to alleviate tax payer costs.

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