Local school districts receive safety grants

From staff reports

Several schools in Pennsylvania’s 21st Senatorial District have been awarded state grants to help improve student safety through a new program.

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.

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.

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

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.

Local grant recipients include:

Clarion County: Allegheny-Clarion Valley, Clarion, Clarion-Limestone, Keystone, North Clarion, Redbank Valley and Union school districts

Forest County: Forest Area School District

Venango County: Cranberry, Franklin, Oil City, Titusville and Valley Grove school districts