Conklin announces nearly $80,000 in Safe Schools grants awarded to State College, Philipsburg-Osceola school districts

HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, today announced that two local school districts were awarded $77,999 in state funding last week from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s competitive Safe Schools Targeted Grant program.

Geared toward creating a safer environment for students, the funding will be used for numerous initiatives, including programs to prevent and reduce violent incidents; purchasing security/safety-related equipment; training and compensation for school resource officers; and training and compensation for school police officers directly employed by school districts.

“I’m happy to announce this funding for the two local districts,” Conklin said. “We live in a time where schools are no longer safe, and this funding looks to rectify that problem. By implementing this funding, we’re putting the safety of our students first, which is a top priority for parents and legislators alike.”

The school districts that received funding are:

  • State College Area School District received $39,999 for the training and compensation of school police officers directly employed by the school.
  • Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District was awarded $38,000 for the training and compensation of school police officers. These officers are also directly employed by the school.

This PDE program is separate from the new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program created this year and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. For a list of awardees and their award amounts, visit PDE’s website.