– Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced almost $85,000 in Safe Schools Grants have been awarded to two school districts in the 54th District by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
“Our students deserve to learn in an environment free from violence and crime,” said Brooks. “Recognizing that each school’s needs are different, these targeted school safety grants can be used for a variety of tools to prevent violence, including school resource officers, school safety assessments and preplanning, and other upgrades to ensure a safe learning environment.”
School districts receiving funding include:
• Burrell School District – Safe Schools Equipment Grant, $23,472
• Allegheny Township Police Department, on behalf of Kiski Area School District – Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant, $60,000
Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grants allow for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers. This funding lasts for a two-year term.
Safe Schools Equipment Grants assist schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. In addition, the funding assists schools in procuring the resources and training necessary to create a physical environment that fosters the safety and well-being of students and staff.
PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer (SPO) grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Officer (SRO) grants of up to $60,000.
Questions about this or any legislative issues may be directed to Brooks’ office at 724-387-1281.
Representative Bob Brooks
54th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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