Governor Wolf Announces $5 Million in Safe Schools Grants

November 28, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Building on efforts to emphasize safety in schools and in classrooms, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that $5 million in Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grants have been awarded to nearly 140 schools, police departments, and municipalities to support safer schools.

“Whether students are learning in one of our large cities or a rural community, they need a secure and supportive environment to do their best in the classroom,” said Governor Wolf. “This funding enables schools and communities to have the resources they need to keep students safe, and it builds on our commitment to kids, parents and teachers across the commonwealth.”

The Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant program assist schools with:

  • Reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning;
  • Enhancing antiviolence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.

The program will provide $1.4 million to 79 public school entities for programs that prevent and reduce violent incidents and to procure security/safety-related equipment. The safety equipment includes 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.

To provide funding for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers, $2.5 million has been awarded to 60 school entities, municipalities and police departments. Applicants were eligible for a maximum individual grant of $60,000 for a School Resource Officer and $40,000 for a School Police Officer. The program will also provide more than $900,000 under year two of the grant program for continued funding of resource officers or police officers at those schools.

For a list of awardees and their award amounts, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.

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