– Four area school districts were awarded Safe Schools Targeted Grants to improve safety and security measures, according to Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna).
“The safety of our children in the classroom is one of the Legislature’s top priorities,” said Pickett. “These grants will help to ensure that schools are providing a secure learning environment for students, as well as the faculty and staff.”
The following school districts in the 110th Legislative District were awarded funding:
• Elk Lake – $30,580 school resource officer program grant.
• Northeast Bradford – $24,300 equipment program grant and $20,000 safety program grant.
• Sayre Area – $18,954.74 safety program grant.
• Wyalusing Area – $25,000 equipment program grant and $19,999.80 safety program grant.
School resource officer (SRO) grants fund programs which address school violence by establishing or enhancing school security, including costs associated with the training and compensation of SROs.
Equipment grants can be used to purchase security-related equipment including student, staff and visitor identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance equipment; special emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and training in the use of the security-related technology.
Safety program grants assist school entities by providing funding for programs that address school violence.
The Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and funded by the General Assembly in the 2019-20 state budget. A total of $7.2 million in grant funding was awarded to schools statewide.
Representative Tina Pickett
110th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Andy Briggs