$150,000 awarded to local schools for safety

MCKEESPORT, Nov. 1 – Six local school districts will collectively receive $150,000 in state grants to improve safety at their schools, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced Thursday.

The six local grants were among $12.4 million awarded to districts statewide through the recently enacted school safety law that was passed by legislators earlier this year.

“This funding will help provide local schools the support they need to ensure that our children are safe when they attend school,” Davis said. “Schools should be vibrant places of learning, and no child should ever have to fear for their safety. I am proud to have supported the passage of this bill, and I will continue to work to make sure all children have access to a safe and healthy leaning environment.”

The statewide grants awarded included:

  • Clairton City School District, $25,000

  • Duquesne City School District, $25,000

  • McKeesport Area School District, $25,000

  • South Allegheny School District, $25,000

  • Steel Valley School District, $25,000

  • West Mifflin Area School District, $25,000

Grants can be used to perform school safety assessments; purchase security-related technology and equipment; support school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; prepare all-hazards plans; hire school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and provide for trauma-informed approaches to education. 

More information about the program can be found on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security webpage at https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/default.aspx.