– Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) today announced that every school district in the 134th Legislative District has been approved to receive a $25,000 grant from the state to assist with security enhancements.
The School Safety and Security Grant Program was created by lawmakers earlier this year as part of a comprehensive school safety bill that was signed into law in June. More than $60 million in new funding was dedicated in the current year’s budget to improve school safety.
“The key to the success of this grant program is giving schools the flexibility to use the funding for what they deemed most appropriate for their facility and student population,” said Mackenzie.
The grants can be used to help with 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.
School districts in the 134th Legislative District that will receive the funding include Brandywine Heights Area, East Penn, Fleetwood Area, Parkland, Salisbury Township and Upper Perkiomen.
Additional funding, which can be used by school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions that are looking for additional support, will be awarded at a later time.
Representative Ryan Mackenzie
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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