Local Schools Awarded Grants to Boost Student Safety

HARRISBURG – Schools in Washington and Beaver counties will receive grants totaling nearly $270,000 to improve student safety, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

Aliquippa, Southside, Washington and Ringgold school districts will receive a total of nearly $100,000 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.

Ringgold School District was also awarded a program grant of $20,000 intended to support programs that promote an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning and enhance anti-violence efforts involving schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.

In addition, Ringgold and Washington school districts each received funding 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.

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.

The grant program was expanded last year to provide school safety funding to non-public schools as well. As a result, Madonna Catholic Regional School (Intermediate Unit 1) was awarded nearly $10,000 for equipment to boost school safety.

A total of more than $9 million was awarded statewide through the program this year.


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