HARRISBURG – Thirteen local school districts were awarded a total of $325,000 in state grants today to help improve student safety through a new program supported by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34).
“Providing access to the funds school districts need to increase the safety of our schools was a point of emphasis for me during the budget process,” Senator Corman said. “Through the bipartisan cooperation of lawmakers and the valuable input of schools, teachers, students, law enforcement, and other experts in school safety, we are able to get this money into our local communities quickly.”
The School Safety and Security Grant Program was created by lawmakers earlier this year to provide 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.
Each local school district that applied through the program was awarded a grant of $25,000. Local grant recipients include:
- Bald Eagle Area
- Bellefonte Area
- Huntingdon Area
- Juniata County
- Keystone Central
- Mifflin County
- Mount Union Area
- Penns Valley Area
- Philipsburg-Osceola Area
- State College Area
- Juniata Valley
- Tyrone Area
Eligible uses for the grants include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students.
“We want an environment for our kids where they can feel safe and be well educated,” Senator Corman said. “At the same time, it was important that our local schools maintain control of exactly what they need to ensure safe learning.”
The new program was created as part of a comprehensive school safety bill that was signed into law in June. More than $60 million in new funding was dedicated in the current year’s budget to improve school safety, the Senator said. In September, Senator Corman hosted a public roundtable discussion on school safety.
More information on school safety measures under consideration in the General Assembly is available online at https://www.pasenategop.com/school-safety/.
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