May. 23, 2019

HARRISBURG – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced that school districts in the 54th Legislative District were awarded state grants to help improve student safety.

The Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program was created by lawmakers 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.

Each local school district that applied through the program was awarded a grant of up to $25,000.

Local grant recipients include:

• Franklin Regional School District - $20,000
• Burrell School District - $24,997.40

“This is good news for our schools and our children,” said Brooks. “These grants will enable our schools to improve safety based on the needs of their individual schools. “

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.

“These grants would not have been possible without the bipartisan cooperation of lawmakers and the valuable input of schools, teachers, students, law enforcement and other experts in school safety,” added Brooks.

The Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program was created as part of a comprehensive school safety bill that was signed into law in June 2018.

Representative Bob Brooks
54th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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