Petrarca announces $25,000 Safe Schools Targeted grant for Apollo-Ridge School District

HARRISBURG, May 20 – The Apollo-Ridge School District has been awarded a $25,000 state grant to purchase safety and security-related equipment, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today.

Petrarca said the Safe Schools Targeted grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education were awarded to 39 school districts which applied – but did not receive – competitive grants from PDE during last fall’s funding cycle.

“These vital funds will help our schools invest in equipment and technology to keep our children safe while in school,” Petrarca said. “It will complement the existing safety tools and resources they currently have in place.”

The grants can be used to purchase security-related equipment, including:

  • student, staff and visitor identification systems;

  • metal detectors;

  • protective lighting;

  • special communications equipment;

  • electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and

  • training in the use of the security-related technology.

This funding is in addition to the $47.5 million the state School Safety and Security Committee with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced earlier this month.

Targeted grant applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now being accepted. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/fundinggrants/Pages/default.aspx