Frankel announces safety and security grant for Western PA School for Blind

PITTSBURGH, April 26 -- State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced today that Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children will receive a $450,000 state safety and security grant through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to fund physical and staff-related security improvements and behavioral health resources for students.

“We are incredibly lucky to have this historic institution that serves children with complex needs in our community, and I am always working to ensure that they have the resources they need,” Frankel said. “With this funding, the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children can help keep kids and staff safe so they can focus on learning.”

Frankel said the funding for Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children was part of $47 million in competitive school safety and security grants announced this week for schools across Pennsylvania, grants that round out a total of $155 million in school safety funding contained in the 2023-24 state budget.

The safety and security funding is aimed at ensuring all Pennsylvania students are able to learn in schools where they are safe and have access to the behavioral and mental health support they need, Frankel said.