New School Safety Grants Awarded in Local Communities

HARRISBURG – School safety grants were awarded today to nine school districts in Schuylkill and Berks Counties, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

School districts that were awarded grants include:

  • Conrad Weiser Area School District ($46,300)
  • Fleetwood Area School District ($23,222)
  • Schuylkill Valley School District ($88,500)
  • Hazelton Area School District ($57,069)
  • Blue Mountain School District ($376,788)
  • Schuylkill Haven Area School District ($130,796)
  • Shenandoah Valley School District ($38,000)
  • Tri-Valley School District ($50,607)
  • Williams Valley School District ($225,000)

The School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) awarded the grants as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in 2018.

“We have an obligation, a duty to protect our children, educators and staff in the classroom,” Argall said. “I chaired ten public roundtable discussion last year with state officials, safety experts, concerned citizens and school officials to discuss the best ways to protect our schools.  School districts can now use this grant money to protect their schools in a way that is individualized to their needs”.

Eligible uses for the grants include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students.

A total of approximately $40 million was awarded for 234 projects throughout the state in the current round of funding. In total, the School Safety and Security Grant Program will provide $52.5 million in school safety grants and $7.5 million in community violence prevention grants in the current Fiscal Year.

Every school district in the state that submitted an application was awarded a $25,000 grant last October to improve school safety. The grants announced today were awarded on a competitive basis to schools that were seeking additional funding beyond the original grant.

PCCD received a total of 638 applications totaling $177.6 million for school safety projects in the current Fiscal Year.

A total of $7.5 million in grants were also awarded for community violence prevention initiatives.

Local recipients include:

Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading & Berks County ($350,594)

The Schuylkill County Commissioners ($293,085)

CONTACT: Daena Prinsen