Safety Grants from New State Program Awarded to Area School Districts, Says Fritz
10/31/2018
HARRISBURG – Rep. Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) announced that area school districts were awarded state grants this week as a part of a state-funded initiative to help these school districts improve student safety.

“As a Legislature, one of our top priorities is the protection and safety of children in the Commonwealth which is why we created this School Safety and Security Grant Program,” said Fritz. “This program makes it possible for school districts to afford extra security equipment and develop necessary safety precautions to make sure they can continue to keep their students protected and provide a safe learning environment.”

Each local school district that applied through the program was awarded a grant of $25,000. Local grant recipients include Blue Ridge School District, Elk Lake School District, Forest City Regional School District, Mountain View School District, Susquehanna Community School District, Wallenpaupack Area School District, Wayne Highlands School District, and Western Wayne School District.

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 Jonathan Fritz
111th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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