Madden brings back $680,726 for school safety programs

HARRISBURG, May 1 – Two Monroe County school districts were awarded Pennsylvania school safety and security grants totaling $680,726, according to state Rep. Maureen Madden.

“It’s always good when taxpayer dollars are returned to our, area and it is especially gratifying to see the money being used to help our young people stay safe and feel safe while they are learning,” said Madden, D-Monroe.

“Another important aspect of this grant program is that it gives local school boards the ability to request the money to implement measures they feel will work best for their needs.”

Stroudsburg Area School District will receive $530,001 for costs associated with the training and compensation of certified guidance counselors, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers and school psychologists.

East Stroudsburg Area School District will be awarded $150,725 for schoolwide positive behavior support, security planning and purchase of security-related technology, specialized staff and student training programs, as well as trauma-informed approaches to education.

The funds were provided by the state School Safety and Security Committee, which is under the guidance of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Madden said she was proud to vote to establish the grant program, which is a result of Act 44 of 2018.

More information is available on the PCCD website here.