Longietti: Mercer County schools to receive more than $250,000 in safety grants

HARRISBURG, May 1 – Three grants totaling $253,734 will bolster safety for students and employees of Mercer County schools, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti said the funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – is part of a package of competitive grants and will provide solutions that are tailored to each school or district’s needs.

“The grants announced today are great news for school security, and I’m especially pleased that they will enable our schools to implement specific, identified needs. As essential as security is, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, schools will be able to use this funding to implement a variety of measures that include not only personnel and equipment, but a range of supportive services and programs that can address the root causes of violence and create a safe school culture,” he said.

Longietti noted that the districts and schools below will use the following amounts for these resources.

  • $142,675 to Keystone Education Center Charter School for districtwide school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazard plans; security planning and purchase of security related equipment; school resources officers; and special behavior support and training programs including positive behavior support, research-based violence prevention programs; risk assessment; classroom management, trauma-informed education and specialized staff and school training programs.
     
  • $85,455 to Sharon City School District for districtwide school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazard plans; security planning and purchase of security related technology; and installation of student and visitor ID systems.
     
  • $25,604 to Hermitage School District for districtwide school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazard plans; security planning and purchase of security related technology.

The School Safety and Security Grant Program is administered by the PCCD’s School Safety and Security Committee, which was established last year and tasked with developing the criteria that schools must use in performing safety and security assessments. Project funding includes $52.5 million for schools – including $40 million for competitive grants announced today – as well as additional funding for community violence prevention programs.