Burns: Ferndale Area, Westmont Hilltop School Districts receive Safe Schools Targeted funds

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – In an effort to complement existing safety and security resources, the Ferndale Area Hills and the Westmont Hilltop School Districts were each awarded Safe School Targeted Grants funding of approximately $24,000 to use toward the purchase of safety and school-related equipment, state Rep. Frank Burns announced today.


Burns, D-Cambria, said the competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants from the state Department of Education are awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.


Ferndale Area School District received $24,800 and Westmont Hilltop School District received $24,610.


“These are wise investments of state dollars to ensure our school students – and teachers – are safe,” Burns said. “It’s no secret that students perform better in school when they feel safe and secure, and these state funds will help our schools meet the goal of providing a safe learning environment.”


This funding is part of the $7.3 million in School Safety Grants the Pennsylvania Department of Education is awarding to both public school districts and non-public schools throughout the commonwealth.