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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.

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