DeLuca: Redeemer Lutheran School receives funding for school safety initiatives

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – A private school associated with the 32nd Legislative District was awarded $12,752 in state funding for school-safety and violence-reduction initiatives, announced state Rep. Tony DeLuca.

DeLuca said the competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grant was 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.

DeLuca said Redeemer Lutheran School in Penn Hills was awarded $12,752, which will be used to purchase safety and security related equipment.

“Our children, above all, deserve to go to school without fearing for their safety,” DeLuca said. “Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case. The Commonwealth, though, has worked hard to ensure student safety, and this funding will assist Redeemer Lutheran School in continuing their safety initiatives and efforts.”

DeLuca said all four types of grants offered by PDE’s program aim to assist schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning; and enhance anti-violence efforts among 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.

A list of grant recipients and grant amounts is available on the Office for Safe Schools webpage on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.