Bradford announces $219,120 in school safety grants for area schools

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced today several state school-safety grants in the 70th Legislative District, totaling $219,120.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded the Norristown Area School District and the West Norriton Township and East Norriton Township police departments each a Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant for $60,000 over two years. Those grants, which total $180,000, will go toward paying and training school resource officers and school police officers. 

Also, Colonial School District was awarded a Safe Schools Equipment Grant for $19,145 and Norristown Area School District received $19,975 under the same program. The equipment grants will go toward resources and tools that reduce student disciplinary actions, promote a climate of greater productivity, and create an environment that fosters better safety within the building.

Additionally, Norristown Borough was awarded the second allocation of its 2016-17 Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant for $30,000.

“Congratulations to all the local school and municipal officials who successfully bid for these competitive grants,” Bradford said. “Their work will keep students safe from violence and allow them to focus on what they go to school to do: learn the lesson plan and gain valuable skills.”