– Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/ Indiana) and Sen. Don White (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland) announced that several local school districts were each awarded a $25,000 state grant this week which will help them further develop their student safety policies to better protect its students.
“We entrust our schools to keep our children protected from harm. They are supposed to act as a safe environment for our children to be able to learn,” said Pyle. “The purpose of the safety grant is to give our school districts the means to upgrade and institute new security equipment and measures to ensure parents that they are doing all that they can to keep their children, as well as their staff and teachers, out of harm’s way.”
Local grant recipients include Apollo-Ridge School District, Armstrong School District, Blairsville-Saltsburg School District, Freeport Area School District, Leechburg Area School District and South Butler County School District
“It is unfortunate that we have to take these measures to keep our classrooms safe,” said White. “But events have tragically shown that there is no place safe from violence. It is incumbent upon us as a state to take the appropriate and necessary steps to protect students. These grants will give these districts the resources to increase security in and around their buildings.”
The School Safety and Security Grant Program was created by lawmakers earlier this year to provide grants to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.
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.
The new program was created 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.
Representative Jeff Pyle
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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