Longietti: More than $61,500 in grants awarded to enhance school safety

HERMITAGE, Oct. 18 – Three state grants totaling $61,508 will fund safety-related equipment and personnel for two Mercer County school districts, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti said that West Middlesex Area School District will receive $33,808 for a school resource officer and $16,275 for safety-related equipment, while Sharon City School District will receive $11,425 for safety-related equipment.

“Our school districts have performed safety assessments and have identified personnel and equipment-based needs specific to each school,” Longietti said. “The grants announced today will allow the districts to move forward with addressing those needs so that our students enjoy the safest possible learning environment. It’s reassuring to know those security upgrades are on the way.”

The grant is part of a package of $7.2 million in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants from the state Department of Education.

The funding – awarded to both public and non-public schools throughout the commonwealth – is designed to help schools prevent or curb violence, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

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.

A list of grant recipients and amounts is available by visiting the Office for Safe Schools webpage on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.