HARRISBURG, PA — $778,119 in state funds to enhance and implement school safety and security efforts were awarded to four local school districts, state Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten, D-Chester, announced on Monday.
The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018, and
is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments.
Grant recipients in Rep. Otten’s district include:
- Phoenixville Area School District, receiving $194,480
- Renaissance Academy Charter School, receiving $59,447
- Spring-Ford Area School District, receiving $386,192
- Coatesville Area School District, receiving $138,000
It will be the choice of the school districts to determine how exactly the funds will be used. Eligible purposes include, but are not limited to: safety and security assessments, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, intervention training programs, training of school police officers and counseling services for students.
“It is vital that we provide the supports and resources necessary to keep our children safe,” Otten said. “I’m very grateful that these schools in my district will have the opportunity to use these funds to develop the programs and services that will best help them maintain a safe learning environment.”
Further information about the grants can be found here: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/default.aspx
Source: Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, 155th Legislative District
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