HARRISBURG – Five school districts serving the 68th Legislative District have been awarded School Safety and Security Grants totaling more than $450,000, Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) announced Wednesday.
“Ensuring the safety of our children, especially while they are in school, is one of our most basic responsibilities as a government and as a society,” Owlett said. “These grants should help provide some peace of mind to parents as they send their children off to school, and help our students and teachers feel secure and able to focus on learning.”
The grants are awarded by a 17-member School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The grant program was created as part of a comprehensive school safety and security law passed in 2018.
The committee is empowered to award both meritorious and competitive grants. Meritorious grants are awarded to any school district that applies and completes the application according to guidelines. Meritorious grants range from $30,000-$45,000 based on average daily student attendance of the district.
The grants were awarded as follows:
• Canton Area School District, Bradford County – $30,000 for conflict resolution and positive behavior support initiatives, security planning and equipment, disciplinary management and staff training.
• Galeton Area School District, Potter County – $30,000 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology, and the institution of student, staff and visitor identification systems.
• Northern Tioga School District, Tioga County – $326,718 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology.
• Troy Area School District, Bradford County – $35,000 for safety and security assessments, violence prevention curricula, security planning and equipment purchase, and training and compensation of school resource officers.
• Wellsboro Area School District, Tioga County – $35,000 security planning and the purchase of security-related technology, and pursuing trauma-informed approaches to education.
In total, 496 of the state’s 500 school districts applied and received meritorious grants and 134 applicants received competitive grants. In total, more than $53 million was awarded to help improve school safety and security.
Representative Clint Owlett
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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