– Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) announced that several local school districts were awarded state grants this week through a new state program to help improve the safety of their students, teachers and staff members.
“It is important that we do all we can to keep our children safe,” said Brown. “The school safety grants will do just that. School districts will be able to use this funding to make positive and necessary improvements and further their goal of providing a safer learning environment for their students.”
Each local school district that applied through the program was awarded a grant of $25,000. Local grant recipients include Delaware Valley School District, East Stroudsburg School District, Pleasant Valley School District, Pocono Mountain School District and Stroudsburg Area School District
The School Safety and Security Grant Program was created by lawmakers earlier this year 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.
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.
The new program was created as part of a comprehensive school safety bill that was signed into law in June. More than $60 million in new funding was dedicated in the current year’s budget to improve school safety.
Representative Rosemary M. Brown
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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