HARRISBURG – Ten local schools across the 23rd Senatorial District were awarded funding today through the School Safety and Security Grant Program, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).
School districts that were awarded grants include:
- Sayre Area SD – Bradford – $145,008
- East Lycoming SD – Lycoming – $42,900
- Loyalsock Township SD – Lycoming – $390,499
- Montoursville Area SD – Lycoming – $194,064
- Muncy SD – Lycoming – $50,000
- Williamsport Area SD – Lycoming – $165,402
- Sullivan County SD – Sullivan – $43,362
- Montrose Area SD – Susquehanna – $59,585
- Lewisburg Area SD – Union – $40,638
- Mifflinburg Area SD – Union – $253,608
The grants were awarded by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in 2018.
“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,” Senator Yaw said. “Protecting our schools was a point of emphasis for me during the budget process, and I am grateful that our local schools will soon see the benefits of this additional grant funding.”
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.
A total of approximately $40 million was awarded for 234 projects throughout the state in the current round of funding. In total, the School Safety and Security Grant Program will provide $52.5 million in school safety grants and $7.5 million in community violence prevention grants in the current Fiscal Year. In the 23rd District, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Tiers (BBBSTT) School-Based Mentoring Program was approved for $210,460 in community violence prevention funding to provide 1:1, evidence-based mentoring services to at-risk youth from Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga counties.
Every school district in the state that submitted a meritorious application was awarded a $25,000 grant last October to improve school safety. The grants announced today were awarded on a competitive basis to schools that were seeking additional funding beyond the original grant.
PCCD received a total of 638 applications totaling $177.6 million for school safety projects in the current Fiscal Year.
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Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff
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