7/11/22 - Pennsylvania: A closer look at how the state's tax dollars will be spent
A new $100 million round of school safety and security funds – first given in 2018 after the Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High School shootings in Parkland, Fla. — is available. An additional $100 million was allocated for mental health resources in schools, which will be allocated by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and use the same funding formula as the safety and security grant program.
School security, mental health funding receive boost in latest state budget
4/14/22 - PA Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program
On November 7, 2019, House Bill 859 (or Act 83 of 2019) was signed into law, establishing a new program called the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).
Act 83 directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who principally serve individuals, groups or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents as identified by the FBI's Hate Crime Statistics Publication. Applicants are eligible for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the Commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit organization.
Eligible expenses for security enhancements include the following:
- Safety and security planning
- Purchase of safety and security equipment
- Purchase of security-related technology, which may include, but is not limited to:
- Metal detectors
- Protective lighting
- Surveillance equipment
- Special emergency communications equipment
- Electronic locksets
- Trauma kits
- Theft control devices
- Safety and security training
- Threat awareness and response training
- Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security
- Vulnerability and threat assessments
- Specialty-trained canines
- Any other safety or security-related project that enhances safety or security of the non-profit organization*
A total of $5.23 million was awarded to the following projects:
Gettysburg College, $75,000
Chabad of Carnegie Mellon University, Inc., $25,000
Jewish Residential Services, Inc., $25,000
Allies for Health & Wellbeing, $36,419
Chabad Lubavitch of South Hills, Inc, $150,000
Chabad of Squirrel Hill Inc, $150,000
Yeshivath Achei Tmimim of Pittsburgh, $150,000
Lubavitch Center, $25,000
Congregation Dor Hadash, $14,000
Hillel Jewish University Center, $24,943
Chabad Young Professionals Inc., $25,000
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, 9,220
Perry Highway Evangelical Lutheran Church of Wexford, $25,000
Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church, $24,200
Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Congregation, $25,000
Attawheed Islamic Center, $25,000
Legacy International Worship Center, $25,000
Bethany Baptist Church, $24,000
Rodef Shalom Congregation, $150,000
Tzohar Seminary, $25,000
Temple Sinai, $41,000
Carlow University, $117,295
Sri Venkateswara Temple, $41,177
Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, $19,094
Goggle Works, $150,000
Sacred Heart School, $25,000
St. Robert Bellarmine Church - Archdiocese of Philadelphia, $24,832
Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, $24,800
George School, $150,000
Salem United Church of Christ, $25,000
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha - Northeast Inc., $24,978
Congregation Tifereth Israel of Lower Bucks County, $21,240
Cambria Library Association, $25,000
Unity Christian Ministries International, $25,000
Congregation Brit Shalom, $75,000
Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge, $45,757
Coatesville Center for Community Health, $24,430
Masjid Al Rahman of Chester County Inc, $100,000
Congregation B'nai Jacob Phoenixville PA, $24,980
Kesher Israel Congregation, $40,000
Dickinson College, $15,000
Masjid Al-Nur, $27,520
YWCA Greater Harrisburg, $6,895
Metropolitan Community Church of the Spirit, $15,439
Islamic Center Masjid Al-Sabereen, $74,436
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha - Northeast Inc, $24,928
Chisuk Emuna Congregation, $10,503
Congregation Beth Israel of Media, $24,891
Everest PACE Center Inc., $150,000
Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid, $20,000
Upper Darby Township & Sellers Memorial Free Public Library, $20,000
St. Paul's Syrian Orthodox Church, $10,560
St Jude the Apostle Church, $47,707
Bosnian Islamic Community Erie, INC, $25,000
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha - Northeast Inc., $24,899
Temple Israel of Scranton, $25,000
Yeshiva Beth Moshe – The Milton Eisner Yeshiva High School of Northeastern PA, $150,000
Elan Gardens, Inc, $25,000
Congolese community of Central Pennsylvania, $17,230
YWCA Lancaster, $24,991
First Reformed Church UCC, $25,000
Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster, $16,162
Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, $13,732
Congregation of Keneseth Israel, $40,300
Jewish Community Center of Allentown, Pennsylvania, $75,000
Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley, $81,705
Temple Bnai Brith, $17,135
Agudas Israel Congregation, $17,788
Cheder Menachem Inc, $24,500
Family Promise of Monroe County Inc, $5,000
Kaiserman Jewish Community Center, $17,980
Gan Israel Chabad, Inc., $25,000
Brotherhood Temple Brith Achim, $24,950
Congregation Adath Jeshurun, $25,000
Abington Monthly Meeting, Inc, $24,200
Har Zion Temple, $75,000
YWCA Tri-County Area, $23,687
Temple Sinai, $25,000
Lubavitch of Abington Inc., $25,000
Main Line Reform Temple, $150,000
Temple Adath Israel of the Main Line, $150,000
Lubavitch of Montgomery County, $55,640
The Mesivta High School of Greater Philadelphia, $50,000
Friends' Central School, $24,090
Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim (DBA Mesivta Yesodei Yisroel), $75,000
Chabad Lubavitch of the Main Line, Inc, $50,250
Darchei Noam, $23,051
Reconstructing Judaism, $24,967
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha - Northeast Inc., $24,987
Caskey Torah Academy, $25,000
Bharatiya Temple Inc, $79,366
Sikh Sadh Sangat Inc., $150,000
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha Northeast Inc., $24,993
UUs of Mt. Airy, $5,000
Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History (The Weitzman Museum), $104,000
Northeast Philadelphia Chinese Association of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, $25,000
Mazzoni Center, $42,624
Philadelphia Chinese Chamber of Commerce, $25,000
Society Hill Synagogue, $22,500
AL AQSA ISLAMIC ACADEMY, $75,000
Congregation Rodeph Shalom, $74,812
The Urban League of Philadelphia, $23,163
Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, $21,294
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, $25,000
St Luke's Episcopal Church, Germantown, $20,000
Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, $97,300
Philadelphia FIGHT, $25,000
Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, $25,000
Galaei/Urban Affairs Coalition, $25,000
Federation Day Care Services d/b/a Federation Early Learning Services, $15,901
Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation, $25,000
Congregation Bnai Israel Ohev Zedek, $23,439
Chabad Serving Drexel, $25,000
Northeast Philadelphia Development Corporation, $25,000
Mesivta Eitz Chaim, $75,000
Chabad Of Lewisburg, $24,000
St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, $25,000
Mesivta Chazak Inc., $25,000
Emmanuel United Church of Christ, $23,000
The Young Women's Christian Association of York, PA, $24,500
4/14/22 - Sen. Fontana Announces Almost $100,00 in Safety Grants for Non-Profits
Allegheny County – April 14, 2022 –Pennsylvania State Senator Wayne Fontana announced today that $99,200 in non-profit security grants have been awarded to four community organizations in Allegheny County.
“These grants support safety equipment, planning and training that could save lives in a crisis,” said Sen. Fontana. “The local organizations receiving these grants are pillars of their communities and deserve peace of mind about the safety and security of their congregations. I hope the funds will not only provide that peace of mind but also serve as a symbol of support and unity from myself and the commonwealth.”
Community organizations who received funding include:
- Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Congregation, Pittsburgh – $25,000
- Legacy International Worship Center, Pittsburgh – $25,000
- Attawheed Islamic Center, Carnegie – $25,000
- Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church, Carnegie – $24,200
The grants are funded from $5 million that was made available for FY 2021-2022 for the Non-Profit Security Grant Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). More information about funding opportunities through PCCD can be found at https://www.pccd.pa.gov/Funding/Pages/default.aspx.
1/22/21 - Pennsylvania schools awarded safety grants through a state program
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Schools across the area and state were awarded a cumulative $8 million through the Safe Schools Targeted Grants program, Gov. Tom Wolf's office announced on Friday.
According to the state Department of Education's website, these funds are intended to reduce "unnecessary student disciplinary actions" while promoting "an environment of greater productivity, safety, and learning."
The money will also assist schools with enhancing anti-violence efforts between schools, law enforcement, community organizations, parents, and local governments.
Gov. Tom Wolf made the announcement Friday that $8 million in Safe Schools grants had been awarded to more than 300 educational agencies throughout the state. Some of the awards are listed below.
The following schools received funding for equipment:
- Antietam: $25,000 security equipment, $20,000 for programs
- Fleetwood: $24,980
- Oley Valley: $24,999 security equipment. , $19,999 for programs.
- Brookeside Montessori: $11,820
- Pine Forge Academy: $25,000
- St. Catharine’s: $25,000
- New Castle Area School District:$23,824 security equipment, $60,000 for programs
- Mohawk Area School District: $19,892
- Lawrence County Career & Technical Center: $23,510
- Iroquois School District $24,500
- Shenango Area School District: $40,000 for a police officer
- Altoona Area School District, $25,000
- Claysburg-Kimmel School District, $25,000
- Hollidaysburg Area School District, $25,000
- Spring Cove School District, $25,000
- Tyrone Area School District, $25,000
- Conemaugh Valley School District, $25,000
- Ferndale Area School District, $25,000
- Saint Michael School District, $25,000
- Cambria County Christian School, $25,000
- Forest Hills School District, $6,400
- Penns Valley Area School District, $16,800
- DuBois Area School District, $25,000
- Moshannon Valley School District, $25,000
- Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District, $20,538
- West Branch Area School District, $25,000
- Johnsonburg Area School District, $25,000
- Conemaugh Township Area School District, $24,704.29
- Rockwood Area School District, $25,000
- Dallastown Area School District, Equipment Grant: $25,000, School Resource Officer Grant: $60,000
- Dover Area School District, Equipment Grant: $21,193.80,
- Eastern York School District, Equipment Grant: $17,500
- Red Lion Area School District, Equipment Grant: $23,705
- West York Area School District, School Resource Officer Grant: $60,000
- York City School District, Equipment Grant: $24,999, Program Grant: $14,796, School Police Officer Grant: $40,000, SRO Grant: $60,000
- Allentown School District, $24,727 equipment grant, $20,000 program grant.
- East Stroudsburg School District, $19,452 Equipment Grant
- Pleasant Valley School District, $25,000 Equipment Grant, $60,000 School Police Officer Grant
- Pocono Mountain School District, $19,960 Safety Program Grant, $90,000 School Resource Officer Grant.
- Chester County School District, $25,000 Equipment Grant, $20,000 Program Grant
- $24,000 for the Chester County Technical College High School for safety equipment.
- $40,860 for the Church Farm School for safety equipment ($22,910) and safety programs ($19,950).
- $20,260 for the Saints Phillip and James School for safety equipment.
- $24,938.00 for the Saint Agnes School for safety equipment.
- $22,700 for the Saint Norbert School for safety equipment.
- $21,515 for Villa Maria Academy High School for safety equipment.
- $12,580 for West Chester Friends School for safety equipment.
- $24,930 for Windsor Christian Academy for safety equipment.
- $22,125 for the Woodlynde School for safety equipment.
- West Greene School District $25,000
- Schuylkill Technology Center - $6,398 safety program grant
- Shenandoah Valley School District – $51,584.40 school police officer grant (over 2-year span)
- Big Beaver Falls Area School District $40,000
- Blackhawk School Districts $40,000
- Riverside School District, $39,987.20, for school police officers.
- Beaver Area School District, $60,000 for school resource officers
- Hopewell Area School District, $60,000 for school resource officers
- New Brighton Area School District, $60,000 for school resource officers
- South Side Area School District, $40,000 for school resource officers
- New Sewickley Township Police Dept, $47,376 in school resource officer funding
- Aliquippa School District received $19,730 in program funding
More information on the Safe Schools program can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.
12/27/21 - Yough School District to receive nearly $100,000 from Federal grant
WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. — Yough School District is set to receive money from the Department of Justice to advance school safety under the STOP School Violence Act. The grants will help add or increase safety measures in and around schools, support school violence prevention efforts, provide training to school personnel and students, and implement evidence-based threat assessments. The district will receive $99,380 from this grant.
12/27/21 - Millcreek Twp. School District Awarded $500K Federal Grant for School Safety
Millcreek Township School District will receive a $500,000 federal grant for school safety, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday. It is one of four western Pennsylvania school districts awarded grants under the STOP School Violence Act.
Nearly $126 million nationwide will be used to help institute safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools, support school violence prevention efforts, provide training to school personnel and students, and implement evidence-based threat assessments.
Millcreek's grant specifically comes through the COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP), which provides up to 75 percent of the funding for school safety measures in and around schools, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The 153 SVPP awards, totaling almost $52 million, are must be used for coordination with law enforcement; training for local law enforcement officers to prevent student violence; locks, lighting and other deterrent measures; technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency; and other measures that provide a significant improvement in security.
Gov. Wolf: 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program Now Open
1/4/21 - Governor Tom Wolf announced today the availability of $5 million in funding for security enhancement projects for nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities throughout the commonwealth.
“These grants expand the school safety and security grants introduced in 2019,” Gov. Wolf said. “And will continue to help our many nonprofits address security needs and any safety concerns that exist for religious, social and other nonprofit organizations across the commonwealth.”
Applicants can find the application and information about the Program on PCCD’s website at http://www.pccd.pa.gov. Grant awards can range from $5,000 to $150,000 for a wide variety of eligible items, including:
- Safety and security planning and training;
- Purchase of safety and security equipment and technology;
- Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security; and
- Vulnerability and threat assessments.
The application period will be open for a 30-day window from Monday, January 4 to Wednesday, February 3. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by a PCCD-established workgroup comprised of representatives of PCCD, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, with awards being considered at the March 10 PCCD meeting.
Questions regarding the Program and the application process should be forwarded to: RA-CD-NPSEC-GRANT@pa.gov.
Berks County schools awarded $178,618 in safety grants
The state has awarded Berks County schools $178,618 to improve safety in their classrooms.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced that dozens of schools across the commonwealth will receive more than $9 million in competitive Safe Schools Targeted Grants to prevent and reduce violent incidents through the state Department of Education's Office for Safe Schools.
The money the schools receive will go toward buying security-related equipment, launching safety program or providing for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.
The schools that received grants in Berks include:
- Antietam School District: $25,000 for equipment and $20,000 for program funding.
- Brandywine Heights Area School District: $20,131 for equipment and $20,000 for program funding.
- Muhlenberg School District: $25,000 for equipment and $20,000 for program funding.
- La Salle Academy: $25,000 for equipment.
- St. Ignatius School: $23,487 for equipment.
Petrarca announces $115K in school safety grants
HARRISBURG — Approximately $115,432 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants have been awarded to several schools in Westmoreland, Armstrong and Indiana counties, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced.
Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the grants, which are awarded by the state Department of Education, are awarded to schools to help prevent and reduce violence incidents, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide training and compensation of school resource and police officers.
Grants were awarded to the following schools:
Westmoreland County – equipment grants
Champion Christian School: $21,464;
Christ the Divine Teacher: $9,780;
Mary Queen of Apostles: $18,694.
New Castle, Holy Spirit Academy receive safety grants
One local school district and one private academy are the Lawrence County recipients of safety grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The competitive 2020-21 Safe Schools Targeted Grants total more than $9 million that will be distributed to more than 150 school district statewide.
The funds are awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.
The New Castle Area School District received a school resource officer grant of $60,000, the maximum grant given in the program. It additionally received a $20,000 program grant.
The Holy Spirit Academy, a nonpublic school, received a $25,000 equipment grant.
Pleasant Valley, MCTI get grants for safety, career-enhancing opportunities
The Pleasant Valley School District received two safety and security grants, Rep. Jack Rader (R-176) announced.
The district received a $40,000 grant that will go toward training and compensating a school police officer, and another grant for $24,999 to purchase security-related equipment. That can include 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.
Bucks, Eastern Montco schools get state safety grants
Several school districts and schools in Bucks and Eastern Montgomery counties will be able to bolster their security systems thanks to safety grants recently handed out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Grants went to both public and private schools in four different categories, equipment, programs, or to help pay for school police officers or school resource officers.
Receiving equipment grants were the North Penn ($23,500), Souderton Area ($9,087), Upper Moreland ($16,596) and Abington ($6,375) school districts, plus the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology in Willow Grove ($25,000), Abrams Hebrew Academy in Yardley ($24,465) and Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster ($19,604).
Also receiving equipment grants were the Plumstead Christian Academy Upper/Middle School ($11,942) and Lower School ($462), St. Andrew Catholic School in Newtown Township ($23,748), St. Joseph/St. Robert in Warrington ($5,940), Lansdale Catholic High School ($23,794) and Upper Bucks Christian School in Sellersville ($11,813).
Abington also received a $19,625 program grant.
State lawmakers whose districts include several of the schools and school districts said other aspects of school safety can't be ignored even though the coronavirus pandemic is dominating the news.
Ringgold, Washington awarded safe school grants
Ringgold and Washington school districts are among the Pennsylvania schools that will receive a portion of the more than $9 million in competitive grants awarded by the state Department of Education’s Safe Schools Targeted Grants program.
Grants are awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.
Ringgold received a $25,000 equipment grant, while Washington School District was awarded a $24,990 grant.
Ringgold School District was also awarded a $20,000 program grant intended to support programs that promote an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning and enhance anti-violence efforts involving schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.
Ringgold and Washington school districts each received $40,000 as part of the Safe Schools School Police Officer Grant Program, and Ringgold received a $60,000 grant for the School Resource Officer Grant Program, which provide financial assistance for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers over a two-year period.
State lawmakers announce safety grants for Schuylkill County schools
HARRISBURG — Grants were awarded to boost safety for school districts in Schuylkill County, according to state lawmakers representing the area.
The Schuylkill Technology Centers will receive a $9,914 equipment grant and a $4,707.45 program grant.
The Williams Valley School District will receive a $24,000 equipment grant, a $20,000 program grant and a $40,000 school police/resource officer grant.
The Tri-Valley School District will receive an $8,800 program grant, and the Schuylkill Haven School District will receive a $23,140 equipment grant.
The Schuylkill Haven Area School District received $23,140 for new safety equipment.
The St. Clair Area School District received $25,000 for new safety equipment.
The North Schuylkill School District received $24,911 for new safety equipment.
The Tamaqua Area School District received a total of $65,000 for safety equipment and training and compensation for a school police officer.
Marian Catholic received $25,000 for the purchasing of new safety equipment.
Williams: $257.4K in School Safety Grants for Schools in 74th District, Chester County
HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Dan Williams announced that $257,419.51 in Safe Schools grants were awarded to area schools that students from his district attend to purchase safety and security-related equipment.
The following schools received funding for equipment:
Villa Maria Academy High School – $16,784
Church Farm School – $23,716
Bishop Shanahan High School – $20,430
Assumption B.V.M. – $16,318.39
Pope John Paul II – $20,937
SS Peter and Paul – $24,937
St. Norbert – $22,093
Upland Country Day School – $24,923.12
Windsor Christian Academy – $19,693
Woodlynde School – $17,588
Downingtown School District – $25,000
Coatesville Area School District – $25,000
Local schools share over $100K in safety grants
Three Bedford County school districts or schools will receive more than $103,000 in Safe Schools Target Grants, local lawmakers said Monday.
State Sen. Wayne Langerholc and state Reps. Jesse Topper and Carl Walker Metzgar, in a joint news release, said Chestnut Ridge School District, Bedford County Technical Center and HOPE for Hyndman Charter School will split $103,581 in the grants through the state Department of Education.
Grants are awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.
Chestnut Ridge is slated to receive $64,999; HOPE will receive $23,841; and Bedford County Technical Center will get $14,741.
Luzerne County schools awarded $492K in state safety grants
Six Luzerne County School Districts, the Luzerne Intermediate Unit and eight non-public schools combined to nab $492,329 in state school safety grants announced Monday.
According to a media release, the money can be spent to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.
The State Department of Education Office for Safe Schools offers four types of competitive 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.
The two main goals of the grants are to reduce student disciplinary action while increasing productivity and learning, and enhancing anti-violence efforts between schools, parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.
Four school districts got equipment grants: $24,948 to Greater Nanticoke Area, $20,482 to Hanover Area, $24,780 to Wyoming Valley West, and $25,000 to Crestwood.
The Luzerne Intermediate Unit got an equipment grant of $24,493. The IU provides a variety of services to public and non-public schools in Luzerne County and part of Wyoming County.
Individual non-public schools also got equipment grants: Good Shepherd, Holy Family, Holy Redeemer, St. Jude, St. Nicholas/St. Mary and Wyoming Area Catholic each got grants of $24,885; Immanuel Christian received $17,388; Holy Rosary got $24,385.
Two districts received school police officer grants: $39,992 for Greater Nanticoke Area and $35,600 for Northwest Area.
And two districts got grants for school resource officers: $45,951 for Hanover Area and $60,000 for Lake-Lehman.
FIVE INDIANA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO RECEIVE SCHOOL SAFETY GRANT MONEY
State Representative Jim Struzzi announced on Monday that five Indiana County School Districts were awarded a combined $171,834 in Safe Schools Target Grants.
The money, administered by the PA Department of Education, is awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. More than $9 million will be awarded to schools across the state this year.
In the 62nd legislative district, the districts that received funds included:
- Homer-Center, who received $64,994
- Purchase Line, who received $48,455
- Indiana, who received $42,996
- United, who received $38,840
- Penns Manor, who received $25,000.
This program is different from the School Safety and Security Grant program, as that grant program is administered by the PA Commission on Crime and delinquency.
Bradford County schools receive safety funding
BRADFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WETM) – School districts in Bradford County have been awarded Safe Schools Targeted Grants to improve safety and security measures, according to Rep. Tina Pickett.
“This funding helps to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff through equipment purchases and the hiring of security officers,” said Pickett. “I am pleased these local schools are taking advantage of the grant program in order to create a more secure learning environment.”
The following school districts/schools in the 110th Legislative District were awarded funding:
Epiphany School – $24,498 equipment grant.
Sayre Area School District – $60,000 school resource officer grant.
St. Agnes School – $24,498 equipment grant.
Towanda Area School District – $14,353 safety grant.
Wyalusing Area School District – $24,999.84 equipment grant and $19,999.80 safety grant.
Equipment grants can be used to purchase security-related equipment including 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.
MASD gets $500,000 safety, security grant to be used at MAMS, Reid Elementary School
May 5, 2020 - Middletown Area School District recently received nearly $500,000 in safety and security grants.
At the end of February, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced that its school safety and security committee had approved about $53.7 million in school safety and security grants.
Local districts receiving funds include $490,000 to the Middletown Area School District, $40,000 to Lower Dauphin School District, and $35,000 to Steelton-Highspire School District.
The school board voted to develop bid documents and advertise bids at its April 21 meeting for projects, which will take place at Reid Elementary School and Middletown Area Middle School.
“Since the project involves security, there is limited information that can be shared publicly,” MASD Superintendent Lori Suski told the Press & Journal in an email.
She said the district is working with its architects to update the specifications of the safety and security projects.
The project would then be advertised for bid unless the district uses competitive purchasing, Suski said.
“Our intent is to take advantage of the extra time without students in the buildings to begin this work as soon as possible so that it would be completed before students are scheduled to return at the end of August,” Suski said.
DOJ: $83M in grants available to support school safety, reduce violence
PITTSBURGH (WJAC) — U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady announced Tuesday that more than $83 million in Department of Justice grants are now available to help prevent and reduce school violence.
According to a release, the funding is available to school districts, state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, nonprofits and public- and state-controlled higher education institutions. The grants will provide students and teachers with the necessary tools to recognize, quickly respond to and help prevent violent acts, the release states.
“Keeping students safe while at school is the first priority of every local government and school district,” Brady said in the release. “These funds provide the opportunity to increase and enhance school safety across western Pennsylvania. I encourage cities and school districts to take advantage of the critical support these grant funds provide.”
According to the DOJ, the funding is available through the Office of Justice Programs. The programs support various activities and services, including those designed to tighten school security and improve the reporting of threats.
“School violence is no longer an abstract threat but has become a tragic reality in too many of America’s communities. Moving to meet this challenge is among the Administration’s top domestic priorities,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs. “The Department of Justice is front and center in the fight to meet this challenge. OJP is making historic amounts of grant funding available to ensure that our communities have access to innovative and diverse solutions.”
The grants are available now and include:
For more information regarding all OJP funding opportunities, click here.