Area school districts to share more than $200K in state safety grants

HARRISBURG, Nov. 17 – In an effort to protect students in the classroom, state Rep. Bryan Barbin announced today that nearly $220,000 in state safety grants will be dispersed to area school districts.

As part of Pennsylvania’s Safe Schools Initiative, the Pennsylvania Department of Education approved School Police/Resource Officer Grants, which go towards training and paying police and resource officers, along with Equipment Grants, which helps pay for security-related supplies, for five local districts.

“This money will assist our schools in not only protecting but preparing for worst case scenarios,” Barbin said. “At the end of the day, the safety of our children is what matters most and these grants will help ensure their safety.”

Here’s a breakdown of who is receiving what:  

  • Greater Johnstown Area School District – awarded a $60,000 School Police/Resource Officer Grant;

  • Forest Hills School District – awarded a $60,000 School Police/Resource Officer Grant;

  • Richland School District – awarded a $30,000 School Police/Resource Officer Grant and an Equipment Grant for $18,629;

  • Ferndale Area School District – awarded a $20,000 Equipment Grant; and

  • Windber Area School District – awarded a $30,000 School Police/Resource Officer Grant.

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