Kosierowski: Local school districts awarded more than $360K
Funding to be used for safety initiatives within schools
HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – A total of $361,253 in state funding has been awarded to five schools within the 114th Legislative District to support and implement school safety initiatives, announced state Rep. Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna.
The awards are as follows:
- Carbondale Area School District, $35,000
- Lakeland School District, $35,000
- Mid Valley School District, $35,000
- Old Forge School District, $221,253
- Riverside School District. $35,000
Kosierowski said to qualify for the funding, applying districts were required to support the eligible categories and activities, including: performing school safety assessments; purchasing security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education.
“It’s important that we take every step we can to keep our children safe when they’re at school,” Kosierowski said. “The grants awarded today will enable these school districts to further their ongoing safety efforts.”
The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018, and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments.