Ciresi announces grants for Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford school districts, Pottstown Police

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi announced state school safety grants were awarded to the Pottsgrove and Spring-Ford Area school districts, and a community violence prevention grant was awarded to the Pottstown Police Department.

“It’s absolutely critical that we do everything we can to keep our kids safe. I’m pleased to see the school districts looking for ways to enhance safety, and I’m glad to see the state make these investments,” said Ciresi, D-Montgomery.

The School Safety and Security Commission, part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, awarded the grants Tuesday. The funds were included in the 2018-19 budget.

The school districts were awarded School Safety and Security Grants.

Pottsgrove School District was awarded $51,000. The district sought funds for work in the categories of safety and security assessments, security planning and technology, and student discipline management.

Spring-Ford Area School District was awarded $386,192. The district sought funds in the categories of safety and security assessments; risk assessment, safety and violence prevention curriculum; student codes of conduct; violence prevention programs; districtwide safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all hazards plans; and costs related to school resource officers or school police officers.

The Pottstown Police Department also was awarded a $350,552 Community Violence Prevention/Reduction grant.

“We all have to work together to keep our communities safe. I congratulate the Pottstown Police on this grant, and I’ll continue to look for ways we can invest in the safety of our schools and communities in the future,” Ciresi said.

More information on the grants is available here.