Local Schools Receive Safety Grants from New State Program

HARRISBURG – Local schools were awarded state grants today to help improve student safety through a new program, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

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.

Each local school district that applied through the program was awarded a grant of $25,000. Local grant recipients include:

  • Benton Area School District (Columbia County)
  • Berwick Area School District (Columbia and Luzerne Counties)
  • Bloomsburg Area School District (Columbia County)
  • Central Columbia School District (Columbia County)
  • Danville Area School District (Montour and Northumberland Counties)
  • Hazleton Area School District (Luzerne County)
  • Midd-West School District (Snyder County)
  • Millville Area School District (Columbia County)
  • Milton Area School District (Northumberland County)
  • Mount Carmel Area School District (Northumberland County)
  • Selinsgrove Area School District (Snyder County)
  • Shamokin Area School District (Northumberland County)
  • Shikellamy School District (Northumberland County)
  • Southern Columbia Area School District (Columbia and Northumberland Counties)
  • Warrior Run School District (Northumberland and Montour Counties)

“I was pleased to strongly support this bipartisan effort to protect our students and educators in the school setting,” said Senator Gordner.  “This grant program came together through the collective efforts of many individuals, including members of the General Assembly, school administrators, teachers, students and law enforcement.”

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, according to Senator Gordner.

More information on school safety measures under consideration in the General Assembly is available online at https://www.pasenategop.com/school-safety/.


CONTACT: Mike Stephens, (717) 787-8928