– To help schools better afford equipment, personnel and resources to make their facilities safer, Reps. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder), Fred Keller (R-Snyder/Union) and Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland) today announced more than $330,788 in state grant funding.
The grant program, funded through the state budget, assists schools with paying for programs to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide for the training and compensation of school resource officers (SRO) and school police officers (SPO).
“School budgets are tight, but security and safety improvements and investments are critical to ensure a successful learning environment,” Culver said. “That’s why I am pleased the state has set aside additional money to make these improvements more affordable.”
“Education is key to the success of our children and our Commonwealth, but to succeed at school our students need to feel safe,” said Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder/Union). “These grants are an important investment in our kids’ safety.”
“Student safety is a top priority,” Masser said. “We want our students to be able to learn in a safe environment. When students feel secure in their classrooms, they can focus on learning math, science, history, English and other subjects that will be useful throughout their lives.”
Those school districts in the four-counties receiving funds include:
- Danville Area School District, Montour County -- $26,592 school police officer grant.
- Mifflinburg Area School District, Union County -- $23,735 equipment grant.
- Milton Area School District, Northumberland County -- $24,960 equipment grant; $20,000 program grant.
- Mount Carmel Area School District, Northumberland County -- $19,700 equipment grant; $51,167 school resource officer grant.
- Selinsgrove Area School District, Snyder County -- $25,000 equipment grant; $39,900 school police officer grant.
- Shamokin Area School District, Northumberland County – $20,089 equipment grant; $20,000 equipment grant.
- Southern Columbia School District, Columbia County -- $20,000 program grant.
- Warrior Run School District, Northumberland County -- $39,645 school police officer grant.
The Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program is separate from the new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant Program created by the Legislature this year and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). The deadline for schools to apply for the new program is Friday, Oct. 12.
Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
108th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Representative Kurt Masser
107th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Representative Fred Keller
85th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: House Republican Communications Department