Readshaw: $30,000 safety grant to benefit Allegheny County school district

HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – The Baldwin Whitehall School District will receive a $30,000 school safety grant, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced today. Readshaw said the funding will enable the district to hire and train school safety personnel to enhance security on the premises.

“Funding for school safety is one of the most important investments we can make,” Readshaw said. “A safe and secure environment is a critical precursor to learning. With these funds, the district can hire the necessary personnel to ensure that our students, teachers and other school workers can interact and thrive in a safe setting, without fear of harm.”

The funding – awarded in the form of a 2017-18 School Resource Officer grant – is made available through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Safe Schools Targeted Grants program. A total of $8.4 million in competitive grants was awarded across the state 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.

The PDE 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.