County school districts receive state funding for security, safety improvements
The five Greene County school districts were recently informed that each will receive a portion of $155,000 in state funding that will be used to promote and support a variety of school safety and security efforts.
The announcement was made by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, who said Carmichaels Area, Central Greene, Jefferson-Morgan, Southeastern Greene and West Greene school districts will receive the school safety and security grants.
The grants, Snyder said, are provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018, and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments.
All of the school districts will receive $30,000, except for Central Greene, which will receive $35,000.
$2 million in school safety grants headed to Lehigh Valley: Find out which districts are receiving money for security improvements
The state awarded $53.7 million in grants for school safety improvements across the commonwealth on Wednesday, with more than $2 million headed to Lehigh Valley schools.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, created as part of a school safety law in 2018, is tasked with dolling out the grants.
Northampton Area School District has been awarded the most of all Lehigh Valley districts with $450,928. The district plans to fund four counseling positions with the money as well as purchase security equipment and pay for additional training for staff.
School districts in Lehigh County that won grants:
- Allentown: $45,000
- Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21: $307,321
- Catasauqua Area: $35,000
- East Penn: $45,000
- Northern Lehigh: $365,679
- Northwestern Lehigh: $40,000
- Parkland: $45,000
- Salisbury: $35,000
- Southern Lehigh: $40,000
- Whitehall-Coplay: $45,000
Northampton County grant winners:
- Bangor Area: $40,000
- Bethlehem Area: $385,000
- Easton Area: $45,000
- Nazareth Area: $45,000
- Northampton Area: $450,928
- Pen Argyl Area: $35,000
- Saucon Valley: $40,000
- Wilson Area: $40,000
Pa. school safety grants awarded to Berks districts
A total of $53.7 million in grants were awarded Wednesday by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in 2018.
In the Berks County the following districts and the amounts: Antietam, $30,000; Boyertown, $495,000; Brandywine Heights, $35,000; Conrad Weiser, $40,000, Daniel Boone, $40,000; Exeter, $45,000; Fleetwood, $40,000; Gov. Mifflin, $45,000; Hamburg, $223,171; Kutztown, $35,000; Muhlenberg, $40,000; Oley Valley, $35,000; Reading, $45,000; Schuylkill Valley, $35,000; Tulpehocken, $187,554; Twin Valley, $40,000; Wilson, $45,000.
Two local universities will receive a state grant for security improvements
Safety of students, faculty, and staff on college campuses is important. The state recognizes that, which is why two local campuses will receive a $30,000 state grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The purpose of the grant is to improve security measures, and to provide resources to educate campus communities on reporting crimes and sexual assault.
Northern Lehigh to use $365K in grants for security upgrades, equipment
Northern Lehigh School District is set to receive $365,679 it will use toward security upgrades, equipment, planning, training and staff.
The office of Rep. Zach Mako, R-Lehigh/Northampton, announced on Wednesday that the committee has awarded more than $860,000 in school safety and security grants to school districts in the 183rd Legislative District.
Northern Lehigh Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tania Stoker said the grant will enable the district to make “significant safety and security improvements, as well as implement and augment mental health program offerings.”
Safety grants announced for local school districts
School districts will benefit from a new round of state grant funding announced this week by area legislators.
Souderton Area School District received one of the area's largest grants, getting $460,437, according to a release from state Rep. Steve Malagari, D-53rd.
The North Montco Technical Career Center received a $150,000 grant award and the North Penn School District received $45,000, as did other districts in Montgomery County. The money comes from the state's School Safety and Security grant program.
The grant award comes as part of a total of $60 million in safety grants for the commonwealth approved this week by the state's School Safety and Security Committee established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Other Montgomery County districts and schools that received grant funding include:
- Abington School District: $455,550
- Agora Cyber Charter School: $143,226
- Cheltenham Township School District: $45,000
- Colonial School District: $45,000
- Hatboro-Horsham School District: $45,000
- Jenkintown School District: $30,000
- Lower Merion School District: $45,000
- Lower Moreland Township School District: $40,000
- Methacton School District: $221,370
- Norristown Area School District: $467,756
- Perkiomen Valley School District: $45,000
- Pottsgrove School District: $40,000
- Pottstown School District: $490,000
- Springfield Township School District: $40,000
- Spring-Ford Area School District: $45,000
- Upper Dublin School District: $45,000
- Upper Merion Area School District: $45,000
- Upper Moreland School District: $40,000
- Upper Perkiomen School District: $40,000
- Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center: $72,994
- Wissahickon School District: $45,000
10 Valley schools split $1.5 million in safety grants
Ten school districts in the Valley received a combined $1,549,959 in state grant funding to bolster security at public schools.
Mifflinburg received $485,000, the largest award granted to a local district. According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the district is to invest in safety planning, security equipment purchases and training and compensation for its in-house police department.
Milton received $423,238 to be spread across multiple initiatives. Lewisburg received $371,721 for emergency preparedness, planning and security equipment purchases.
Danville, Shamokin, Shikellamy, Midd-West and Selinsgrove all received $40,000 each. Warrior Run and Mount Carmel received $35,000 apiece.
The state awarded approximately $53.7 million for 524 schools across the state.
School Districts Receive State Safety Funding Bristol Borough
The Bristol Borough School District will get $77,665, the Bristol Township School District will receive $45,000, the Neshaminny School District is due $45,000, and the Pennsbury School District will get $45,000 for a variety of items based on the needs of the schools, including equipment, trainings, programs, counseling services, planning, screenings, and to secure behavioral health care professionals and support.
The Central Bucks School District, Council Rock School District, Morrisville Borough School District, New Hope Solebury School District, Palisades School District, and Pennridge School District also are receiving funding.
Phoenixville Gets $495K In Grants For School Safety
PHOENIXVILLE, PA — Great news for the Phoenixville Area School District: they have received a major grant from the state to support safety in all their schools.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced this week that Phoenixville would receive $495,000 in safety funding. It's more than any other school district in Chester County received.
The grants will be used to purchase new security technology, support behavioral health training, prepare emergency plans, as well as hire hire school resource officers, psychologists, social workers, and more.
Eight county schools receive safety grants
Eight Lycoming County schools were awarded school safety grants totaling $796,275, according to an announcement by area legislators.
School districts receiving the grants and the amounts they received are: East Lycoming, $35,000; Jersey Shore Area, $40,000; Loyalsock Township, $35,000; Montgomery Area, $320,821; Montoursville Area, $35,000; Muncy, $30,000; South Williamsport Area, $255,454; and Williamsport Area, $45,000.
In addition, two districts in Tioga County were awarded grants — Northern Tioga, received $326,718 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology, and Wellsboro Area, $35,000 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology, and pursuing trauma-informed approaches to education.
MCSD gets safety grant
LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County School District has been awarded $495,000 in school safety and security grants.
According to a press release provided by the office of Kerry Benninghoff, R-171, this funding is made available to every school district in Pennsylvania. Money is to be used toward security measures deemed most critical by the receiving district. Other districts in Benninghoff’s legislative district received $35,000 to $45,000.
Safety, security grant amounts
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grants to local school districts are awarded for use in many safety and security areas throughout school buildings.
Those areas include performing school safety assessments; purchasing security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education.
Meritorious grants were awarded to each school district that applied. The grant amount is based on the district’s average daily attendance. Additional grant funding was awarded on a competitive basis.
Many districts are opting to use the funds for the purchase of security-related technology and/or the training of school resource officers and school police officers, among other uses.
York County districts receive more than $1M in school safety grants
All 16 of York County's school districts were awarded state safety grant money, totaling about $1.2 million.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency released a complete list of approved applicants in late February. Grants were approved by the School Safety and Security Committee, established under the PCCD through Act 44 of 2018.
Statewide, $53.7 million in school safety and security grants was awarded to 524 educational entities, and $7.5 million in community violence prevention/reduction grants was awarded to 30 organizations, according to a news release.
Oberlander announces safety, security grants for local schools
HARRISBURG – The Redbank Valley School District was awarded nearly a quarter of a million dollars to bolster school security last week.
Redbank is among nine local school districts that will each receive at least $30,000 to assist with security- and safety-related expenses at their facilities, according to state Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion).
Fox Chapel Area School District receives $45,000 grant for safety and technology
Fox Chapel Area is among several regional school districts to receive state money to boost safety and technology.
The district was awarded $45,000 from the state’s School Safety and Security Committee, about the same amount as North Allegheny, Pine-Richland, Hampton and Shaler Area.
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Debate Governors Proposal to Severely Cut School Safety Grant Program
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Area schools receive grants for safety and security enhancements
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced on Wednesday grant funding to enhance safety and security in area schools.
The commission’s School Safety and Security Committee awarded at least $30,000 to each school district in the Herald-Standard coverage area as part of a statewide allocation of more than $53 million in safety grant funding.
Belle Vernon Area School District is set to receive $487,648 in funding through the grant program for safety enhancements.
Highlands to buy metal detectors, cameras, fencing with state safety grant
Highlands School District will enhance and improve its security and safety measures using a nearly half-million-dollar state grant, a district spokeswoman said. The district received about $484,000 from the School Safety and Security Committee within the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Highlands was one of 524 school entities that were awarded a total of $53.7 million in grants.
“The district is ecstatic to have received this amount of money that will be used to significantly enhance the safety and security for our students and staff,” Highlands Superintendent Monique Mawhinney said. “Keeping our students and staff safe is our number one priority, so the upgrades to our current systems will help us achieve that goal.”
C-L and Forest Area school districts safety, among schools receiving security grants for local schools
HARRISBURG — Nine local school districts will each receive at least $30,000 to assist with security- and safety-related expenses at their facilities.
The grants were announced Wednesday by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The grant program was created by law in 2018.
McClinton, Donatucci announce $540,000 grant program for safety in Delaware County schools
HARRISBURG – State Reps. Joanna McClinton and Maria Donatucci, both D-Delaware and Philadelphia counties, announced last Wednesday that $540,000 in school safety grants are being provided for Southeast Delco and William Penn school districts.
The William Penn School District received $495,000 in state funds to help strengthen security measures, including classroom management, emergency preparedness procedures and violence prevention.
Glendale receives over $293K from School Safety and Security Grant
FLINTON — Glendale School District was recently informed by the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the district is a recipient of a School Safety and Security Grant part of the $53.7 million in school safety and $7.5 million in community violence prevention and reduction grants awarded.
Superintendent Edward DiSabato said he is proud to announce the district was selected to receive School Safety and Security Grant funding in the amount of $293,309 from the PCCD.
The funding will be used to provide financial support needed to employ a school resource officer, enhance ongoing social work services and make numerous security upgrades to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff.
In Bucks County, grants received - total of just over $1 million in state school security grants.
Thirteen school districts from Bucks County and four from Eastern Montgomery County were recently among the recipients of school safety grants from the state.
In all, 524 school entities across the state received $53.7 million in grants that can be used for hiring school security officers to implement violence prevention curricula through funds distributed by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Awardees included school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private rehabilitative institutions, officials said.
In Bucks, just over $1 million was distributed to the following districts:
Bensalem: $45,000 for conflict resolution or dispute management; positive behavior support; violence prevention program development; security planning and security-related technology purchases; staff training programs for positive behavior; and trauma-informed approaches to education.
Bristol Borough: $77,665 for positive behavior support; school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazards planning; security planning and security-related technology purchases; specialized staff and student training programs; and funding for school resource and police officer training.
Bristol Township: $45,000 for school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazards planning.
Centennial: $45,000 for risk assessment, safety-related, violence prevention curriculum; training on risk assessment factors; staff training programs for positive behavior; funding for guidance counselor training; administration of evidence-based screenings for adverse childhood experiences; and trauma-informed approaches to education.
Central Bucks: $45,000 for safety and security assessments; positive behavior support; and funding for school resource and police officer training.
Council Rock: $465,750 for funding for guidance counselor training.
Morrisville: $30,000 for safety and security assessments; risk assessment, safety-related, violence prevention curriculum; security planning and security-related technology purchases; and funding for school resource and police officer training.
Neshaminy: $45,000 for safety and security assessments; risk assessment, safety-related, violence prevention curriculum; school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazards planning; and security planning and security-related technology purchases.
New Hope-Solebury: $35,000 for security planning and security-related technology purchases.
Palisades: $35,000 for positive behavior support; peer helper programs; specialized staff and student training programs; counseling services for students; staff training programs for positive behavior; and trauma-informed approaches to education.
Pennridge: $45,000 for emergency preparedness and all-hazards planning; and security planning and security-related technology purchases.
Pennsbury: $45,000 for safety and security assessments; emergency preparedness and all-hazards planning; and security planning and security-related technology purchases.
Quakertown: $45,000 for school-based diversion programs; classroom management; student discipline management; and 12 other programs.
Montgomery County’s 24 districts received $3.14 million with four Eastern Montgomery districts getting just over $1 million, including:
Abington: $455,550 for security planning and security-related technology purchases; and student, staff and visitor identification systems installation.
Hatboro-Horsham: $45,000 for security planning and security-related technology purchases.
North Penn: $45,000 for conflict resolution or dispute management; positive behavior support; security planning and security-related technology purchases; and funding for school resource and police officer training.
Souderton: $460,437 for security planning and security-related technology purchases; funding for guidance counselor training; and trauma-informed approaches to education.
Kiski Area, Burrell school districts collectively awarded $83,500 for school security
The Kiski Area School District and the Burrell School District collectively were awarded $83,500 in state Department of Education Safe School Target Grants.
The districts are among others throughout the state receiving a total of $7.2 million in competitive 2019-2020 Safe Schools grants. The money, awarded through the education department’s Office for Safe Schools, is intended to to prevent and reduce acts of violence by offsetting costs of school resource or police officers, equipment or programs related to school safety.
Allegheny Township was awarded $60,000 to pay for a school resource officer in the Kiski Area School District.
The Department of Education awarded Burrell School District about $23,500 for security-related equipment. The grants are typically used for security planning and buying security equipment such as metal detectors, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, deadbolts and theft control devices and security technology equipment.
State lawmakers established the competitive grant program in the wake of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The mass shooting caused Pennsylvania schools to compete for grants to pay for school safety programs.
PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; school police officer grants of up to $40,000, and school resource officer grants of up to $60,000.
Cambria and Somerset counties, Local schools awarded safety grants.
Eight public and non-public schools in Cambria and Somerset counties were awarded a total of $260,939 in school safety grants Oct. 17 from the state Department of Education’s 2019-2020 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program.
Schools can apply for equipment, program, school police officer and school resource officer grants to purchase safety and security-related equipment, prevent and reduce violent incidents, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. The funds are to help schools reduce unnecessary student disciplinary actions, promote an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning, and enhance anti-violence efforts among schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.
Equipment grants, Cambria County: Ferndale Area High School, $24,800; Westmont Hilltop, $24,610; Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, $24,000; Bishop McCort Catholic High School, $22,753; and All Saints Catholic School in Cresson, $20,000.
Equipment grants, Somerset County: Conemaugh Township Area High School, $25,000; Windber Area High School, $22,558; and Johnstown Christian School, $17,970. All Saints Catholic School also received a $20,000 grant and Windber high school received a $59,248 school resource officer grant.
Security grants for faith-based institutions, nonprofits signed into law.
HARRISBURG – Governor Wolf has signed into law bipartisan legislation to provide security grants to faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations, according to Senator David G. Argall, who sponsored similar legislation earlier this year.
House Bill 859 would make grants available to faith-based institutions and nonprofits that serve individuals, groups, or institutions listed by the FBI as at risk for hate crime incidents. “Schools and other community institutions should be a safe place for every child and resident,” said Wolf. “I thank the bipartisan efforts that helped ensure safety and security funding was available for these nonprofit, community institutions where people gather and should have peace of mind.”
The program is similar to the School Safety Security Grant Program, which helps schools meet a variety of security needs. Argall introduced legislation this year to expand the program to nonpublic schools, after chairing ten statewide public hearings on the subject of school safety in 2018.
“We have made a lot of progress toward protecting our schools and providing a safer environment for young people, especially in the past two years,” Argall said. “This bill allows us to apply the same approach – and the same protections – to residents of our communities who suffer from the greatest risks of violence.”
Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $150,000. Faith-based institutions and nonprofits could utilize the grant dollars for a variety of security planning, equipment, and technology needs, including metal detectors, surveillance cameras, emergency communications equipment, electronic locksets, threat assessments, and building upgrades.
Safety measures for Upper Darby schools get update
UPPER DARBY — School safety was the dominate talking point for the Upper Darby School Board’s finance and operations committee Tuesday night as it updates district policies and security systems.
District Supervisor of Procurement Services Joe McGilvery updated the board and public about a $2.2 million school safety grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency that will be used for interior and exterior building surveillance cameras, access control to the secondary school buildings and a restorative safety practices program called Safer Saner.