Rep. Madden brings home close to $70,000 to protect schoolchildren, staff and teachers

 

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is pleased to announce a total of $69,256 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants has been awarded to two Monroe County school districts.

Madden announced the following:

  • $39,256 to East Stroudsburg School District

  • $30,000 to Pocono Mountain School District

In September, Madden co-chaired a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Stroudsburg about school safety with her colleagues from across the state.

“We heard testimony from experts in security, teachers, students and psychologists who expressed the same sentiment. There is no one-size-fits-all security measure to keep students, teachers and staff safe,” Madden said.

The Safe Schools Targeted Grants are awarded to school districts to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

Madden said every district should have the freedom to implement the security measures that adhere to their specific security needs.

“Another important measure discussed at the policy hearing is increasing the number of school psychologists and other professionals to counsel students who are depressed or having difficulty coping before they turn to violence,” Madden said.

The Safe Schools Targeted Grant program assists schools in:

  • Reducing necessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning; and

  • Enhancing antiviolence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.

Madden said $8.4 million in Safe Schools Targeted Grants have been awarded to schools across the state by Gov. Tom Wolf and the state Department of Education.