New School Safety Grants Awarded in Local Communities

HARRISBURG – School safety grants were awarded today to nine school districts in the 27th Senatorial District, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

School districts that were awarded grants include:

  • Benton Area School District (Columbia County)
  • Central Columbia School District (Columbia County)
  • Southern Columbia Area School District (Columbia County)
  • Hazleton Area School District (Luzerne County)
  • Northwest Area School District (Luzerne County)
  • Mount Carmel Area School District (Northumberland County)
  • Warrior Run School District (Northumberland County)
  • Midd-West School District (Snyder County)
  • Selinsgrove School District (Snyder County)

The grants were awarded by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in 2018.

“I am pleased that the School Safety and Security Committee has chosen to award these important funds to schools in my legislative district,” said Senator Gordner.  “Protecting our students and teachers is one of our most essential roles and these grants will go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.”

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 today were awarded on a competitive basis to schools that were seeking additional funding beyond the original grant.

PCCD received a total of 638 applications totaling $177.6 million for school safety projects in the current Fiscal Year.

A total of $7.5 million in grants were also awarded for community violence prevention initiatives.

CONTACT: Mike Stephens (717) 787-8928