Argall: School Safety and Mental Health Support Receive Big Budget Boost

HARRISBURG – The 2022-23 state budget recently approved by the General Assembly includes a $200 million increase for safety and mental health needs in both public and non-public schools in Schuylkill County, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29). The budget increases statewide spending on mental health support and physical safety and security enhancements for schools by $100 million each.

“I’m thankful this critical funding is coming to our region to ensure our schools are safe, especially after the tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas earlier this year,” said Senator Argall. “Just a few years ago, Governor Wolf proposed providing $0 for school safety measures. We’ve shown him just how important these dollars are.”

As Chairman of the Majority Policy Committee, Senator Argall held ten separate roundtable discussions on school safety in past sessions. After hearing repeatedly that proper funding was needed to address safety concerns, the General Assembly created the School Safety and Security Grant Program.

The following Schuylkill County public schools received funding:

  • Blue Mountain School District: $277,348
  • Hazleton Area School District: $558,314
  • Mahanoy Area School District: $230,012
  • Minersville Area School District: $235,803
  • North Schuylkill School District: $260,450
  • Panther Valley School District: $259,810
  • Pine Grove Area School District: $247,760
  • Pottsville Area School District: $272,744
  • St. Clair Area School District: $223,908
  • Schuylkill Haven Area School District: $234,815
  • Shenandoah Valley School District: $232,876
  • Tamaqua Area School District: $265,112
  • Tri-Valley School District: $227,268
  • Williams Valley School District: $231,981
  • Schuylkill Intermediate Unit: $140,000
  • Schuylkill Technology Centers: $140,000
  • Gillingham Charter School: $140,000

 

Contact: Jim Brugger

717.787.2637