Kulik: Chartiers Valley School District receives $40,000 in school safety funding

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – A local school district has been awarded $40,000 for school safety and violence reduction initiatives, announced state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny.

Kulik said Chartiers Valley School District was awarded $40,000, which will be used to fund the salary of a school police officer.

Kulik 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.

 “Keeping our schools safe is paramount,” Kulik said. “The commonwealth has worked tirelessly to ensure students’ safety. This funding will be another tool in the district’s school safety toolbelt, which has already done a stellar job of guaranteeing the safety of both students and teachers alike.”

Kulik said all four grants offered by PDE’s program are aimed at assisting schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning; and enhancing anti-violence efforts between 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.

For a list of grant recipients and their grant amounts, visit the Office for Safe Schools webpage on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.