HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) today congratulated several school districts within the 134th Legislative District that were awarded a combined total of $753,422 in school safety grants.
The grants were awarded 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.
School districts and their grant awards are as follows:
• Brandywine Heights Area School District - $216,880.
• East Penn School District - $105,000.
• Fleetwood Area School District - $23,222.
• Salisbury Township School District - $350,000.
• Upper Perkiomen School District - $58,320.
“Providing a safe and secure learning environment for both students and teachers is essential,” said Mackenzie. “These grants will enable the districts to move forward with their individual plans to increase safety at their facilities.”
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 a meritorious application was awarded a $25,000 grant last October to improve school safety. The grants announced this week were awarded on a competitive basis to schools that were seeking additional funding beyond the original grant.
Representative Ryan Mackenzie
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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