Davis: More than $60,000 in combined funding awarded to two school districts, private school for school safety efforts

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – Two school districts and one private school associated with the 35th Legislative District were awarded a combined total of $64,531 in state funding for school safety and violence reduction initiatives, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny.

Davis said the competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants were awarded through the state Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools, which offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants; program grants; school police officer grants; and school resource officer grants.

“Keeping kids safe within the confines of a school is a necessity, especially in wake of recent events where students have been the victims of gun violence,” Davis said. “That alone makes the funding awarded to these schools all the more significant. No child should have to fear for their safety, and this funding will help these schools continue to be safe havens for students and teachers alike.”

The school districts and private school that received funding are:

  • South Allegheny School District - $20,000.  The funding will help implement programs geared toward school safety.
  • West Mifflin School District - $24,993. Grant money will be used to purchase safety and security related equipment.
  • Mary of Nazareth Catholic School - $19,538. The school will use the funding to purchase safety and security related equipment.

Davis said all four grants offered by PDE’s program aims to assist schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning; and enhancing anti-violence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement, and community organizations.

This program is separate from the School Safety and Security Grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. That grant program is open until Nov. 4.

For a list of grant recipients and their grant amounts, visit the Office for Safe Schools webpage on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.