Harkins: Erie City, Iroquois school districts receive safety grants

ERIE, Nov. 1 – Both Erie City and the Iroquois school districts have been chosen to receive $25,000 state safety grants, state Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, announced today.

The money is among $12.4 million awarded to districts statewide through the recently enacted school safety law passed by legislators earlier this year.

“There is nothing more important than the safety of our children while they are at school,” Harkins said. “By implementing this program and providing funding to our local districts, we’re putting the safety of our students first, which is a top priority for parents and legislators alike.”

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. A full list of grant recipients can be found here.