HARRISBURG – Local schools will receive grants totaling more than $382,000 to improve student safety, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).
Two Greene County school districts were each awarded grants totaling more than $36,800 through the Safe Schools Equipment Grant program, which is designed to aid schools in getting the training and resources they need to create a safe learning environment for students. Awardees included:
- Central Greene School District,
- Jefferson-Morgan School District.
In addition, eight school districts were awarded grants totaling more than $305,000 as part of the Safe Schools School Police Officer Grant Program and the Safe Schools School Resource Officer Grant Program, which provide financial assistance for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers over a two-year period. Recipients included:
- Charleroi Area School District,
- North Strabane Township School District,
- Hopewell Area School District,
- Ringgold School District,
- Western Area Career and Technology Center,
- Burgettstown Area School District,
- Trinity Area School District,
- Madonna Catholic Regional School.
Hopewell Township School District and Washington School District each also received program grants of $20,000 that are intended to support programs that promote an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning and enhance anti-violence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.
The funds were awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the competitive Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program. The initiative supports local efforts to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers.
Local schools can also apply for grants through the new School Safety and Security Grant Program, which will provide $52.5 million in grants to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.
Guidelines and applications for the new program are available online at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website at www.pccd.pa.gov under the School Safety and Security heading. More information on school safety measures under consideration in the General Assembly is available online at https://www.pasenategop.com/school-safety/.
The deadline to apply for grants is October 12.
CONTACT: Will Thomeier (724) 746-3762