Pashinski announces school safety grants for area schools

WILKES-BARRE, Oct. 4 – With $8.4 million in competitive Safe Schools grants awarded across Pennsylvania, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced a total of $65,951 in those grants split between Wilkes-Barre Area School District and Hanover Area School District.

“The most basic service that our schools need to provide is a quality education in a safe environment that’s conducive to learning,” Pashinski said. “Governor Tom Wolf and his administration realize this, and I’m thankful that Wilkes-Barre and Hanover are taking the steps to ensure their students are safe.”

Wilkes-Barre Area School District will receive a $20,000 grant toward a school police officer (SPO), which is a police officer employed directly by the school district. The SPO grant is intended to assist schools in funding programs that address school violence by establishing or enhancing school security, including costs associated with the training and compensation of school police officers.

“Wilkes-Barre School District has been ahead of the pack for many years by hiring fully-certified, well-trained police officers and instituting electronic devices to help make sure that all Wilkes-Barre schools are well protected,” Pashinski added.

Hanover Area School District will receive a $45,951 grant toward a school resource officer (SRO), which is a law enforcement officer from a local, county or state agency assigned to schools in a cooperative agreement with education officials. The SRO grant is intended to assist schools in funding programs that address school violence by establishing or enhancing school security, including costs associated with the training and compensation of school resource officers.

For a list of awardees and their award amounts, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.

This program is separate from the new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program created this year and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). The deadline for schools to apply for PCCD grants is Oct. 12.