Schools to receive $25,000 grants
Every school district in the 80th legislative district will receive a $25,000 state grant to assist with security enhancements.
“This initial round of grants will allow schools to use the funding in a way that is tailored to their specific needs,” Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair, said. “Flexibility in use of the funding makes this program unique.”
“Students safety is a priority, and the Legislature has been consistently working on legislation and funding to help bolster security at all Pennsylvania schools,” Ward added.
School districts that will receive funding are Altoona Area, Bellwood-Antis, Claysburg-Kimmel, Hollidaysburg Area, Spring Cove, Tyrone Area and Williamsburg Community.
The state funds can be used to hire school security officers, purchase security-related technology, conduct safety evaluations, implement violence prevention curricula, offer student counseling services and create other programs to protect students.
The School Safety and Security Grant Program is part of a comprehensive school safety bill signed into law in June. More than $60 million of additional funding in this year’s budget is for improving school safety.