Otten: $176K in Safe Schools grants awarded

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten, D-Chester, today announced that six schools educating students throughout her legislative district received Safe School grants.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education awards the competitive grants to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

The following schools received grants to purchase security-related equipment and technology:

  • Owen J Roberts: $21,960.
  • Coatesville Area School District: $25,000.
  • Downingtown Area School District: $25,000.
  • Spring-Ford Area School District: $24,354.
  • IU 24 - Pope John Paul II: $20,937.
  • IU 24 - Windsor Christian Academy: $19,693.

Additionally, Spring-Ford Area School District received a $40,000 grant to enhance school security, including costs associated with the training and compensation of school police officers.

“While this school year has been like no other, our school administrators are still working and planning to create school environments that are safe in every way,” Otten said. “These targeted grants allow our schools to determine their own areas of need and apply for the specific grants that best help them ensure that students, faculty and staff remain and feel safe while they learn and work.”

A full list of grant recipients can be viewed online.