Miller: Allegheny County school districts to receive $50,000 in safety grants

MT. LEBANON, Oct. 5 – Two Allegheny County school districts have been awarded safety grants totaling $50,000, state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, announced today.

Miller said that the grants awarded to Baldwin Whitehall School District and Keystone Oaks School District will enable those districts to hire school resource officers or police officers.

“I’m thrilled about these grants,” Miller said. “It’s hard to imagine a more essential priority than school safety. Our school districts carefully evaluate the need for resources, and in this case determined that certain schools would benefit from the added security provided by school resource officers or police officers. Thanks to this funding, those schools can move forward with the necessary hiring and training so that our kids, teachers and other school workers have the safest possible environment.”

Miller said the specific funding includes:

  • A $30,000 FY 2017-18 School Resource Officer grant to the Baldwin Whitehall School District

  • A $20,000 FY 2017-18 School Police Officer grant to the Keystone Oaks School District

The grants are awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Targeted Safe School Grants program. A total of $8.4 million in competitive grants has been awarded to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, purchase safety and security-related equipment and provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

More information on the specific awardees and amounts is available here.

PDE’s program is separate from the new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program established this year and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.