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Education initiative brings aid to WNY schools


Three Western New York schools will receive aid as part of an education initiative that was proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The initiative makes $75.6 million available to help modernize schools such as Southwestern, Chautauqua Lake and Westfield Academy. The plan is part of a Smart Schools Bond Act, which is being described as an education technology initiative.

Money given to each school is divided into four different categories: School Connectivity, Classroom Technology, Pre-K Classrooms and High-Tech Security. All of the money going to Southwestern, Chautauqua Lake and Westfield Academy fall are a part of Classroom Technology.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas moved to Western New York at the age of 14. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he majored in Communications Studies and was part of the sports staff for WBNY. When not following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Boston Red Sox, Thomas enjoys coaching youth basketball, reading Tolkien novels and seeing live music.
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