MURRYSVILLE - Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced the School Safety and Security Committee has awarded $53.7 million in School Safety and Security Grants to school districts, vocational schools, intermediate units and charter schools across the state, including Deer Lakes, Burrell, Franklin Regional, Kiski Area and Penn Trafford.
The 17-member committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency was created as part of Act 44 of 2018
, a comprehensive school safety law passed in 2018. One of its duties is to help distribute both meritorious and competitive grants.
“Educators cannot effectively teach, and students cannot effectively learn, if they don’t feel safe,” said Brooks. “School safety is a major concern. We rely on our local schools to be a comfortable environment for our children as they receive an education,” It is great to see that our local school officials now have additional funds to help protect and safeguard students."
Local school districts receiving funding include:
• Deer Lakes School District - $35,000 for school-wide positive behavior support and provision of specialized staff and student training programs.
• Burrell School District - $35,000 for conflict resolution or dispute management and school-wide positive behavior support.
• Franklin Regional School District - $40,000 for costs associated with the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers.
• Kiski Area School District - $40,000 for costs associated with the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers.
• Penn-Trafford School District $45,000 for security and planning and purchase of security-related technology and staff training programs in the use of positive behavior supports.
Activities and items allowed include performing school safety assessments; purchasing security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education.
Questions about this or any legislative issues may be directed to Brooks’ offices at 724-387-1281 or 724-335-2790.
Representative Bob Brooks
54th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Rick Leiner
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