Mullins announces school safety grants for local school districts

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, today announced state grants totaling more than $260,000 are headed to three school districts in the area of Lackawanna County he represents.

Dunmore School District received $100,000, while Mid-Valley School District received $106,476 and Valley View received $59,665 from the School Safety and Security Grant Program.

“It is critical that we do all we can to constantly improve school safety and security on a variety of fronts,” Mullins said. “With these grants, our school districts will be able to specifically address areas that can improve safety in their buildings. From training school officers to planning for emergency preparedness and purchasing security technology, these investments will help our students learn in safe environments.”

Mullins said the funding can be used for a variety of programs including schoolwide positive behavior support and counseling services among others.

The grant program is administered by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The committee, which was formed last year, works to establish criteria that schools use to assess safety and security. Current project funding includes $52.5 million for schools statewide.

A full list of approved school districts and more information about the committee can be found on the PCCD School Safety and Security webpage.