Corman Announces Area Safe Schools Grants

(HARRISBURG) – State Sen. Jake Corman (R-34) today announced the awarding of state grants of about $128,000 to boost security in four local school districts.

“A safe and secure learning environment is vital for educating students,” said Senator Corman. “We heard that time and again as we travelled throughout the state talking with students, administrators, law enforcement and mental health professionals. With assistance from the state, we can help these school districts keep students and teachers safe, and allow them to focus on learning.”

Senator Corman said Huntingdon Area School District will receive $24,852 and Juniata Valley School District will receive $24,948 to purchase security and safety-related equipment. Qualified purchases include student, staff and visitor identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance equipment; special emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and training in the use of the security-related technology.

State College Area School District will receive $39,999 and Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District will receive $38,000 for the training and compensation of school police officers, Senator Corman said.

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.

Senator Corman voted to set aside an additional $60 million for school safety as part of the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget process. That money has yet to be awarded.

CONTACT: Jenn Kocher (717) 787-1377 or jkocher@pasen.gov