Matzie: Beaver, Allegheny County schools to benefit from nearly $500,000 in safety grants

HARRISBURG, May 1 – Three state grants totaling $489,027 will boost safety in Beaver and Allegheny County schools and fund a community violence prevention program, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said the funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency -- is part of a package of competitive grants that will fund program, equipment and personnel-based resources for schools and other entities statewide. 

“It’s hard to imagine a more important investment than the safety of our children,” Matzie said. “Our school districts have worked hard to assess needs and identify resources that will best ensure security. The funding announced today will allow our schools to put those plans into effect and create the kind of environment in which students and educators feel safe and secure so they can focus on learning and teaching. I was pleased to support this funding.”

Matzie said the funding includes:

  • $160,154 to Quaker Valley School District for training and compensating school resource officers and school police officers.
  • 132,681 to Hopewell Area School District for conflict resolution and restorative justice programs, a peer helper program, security planning and purchase of security-related technology, and increased student and school employee access to quality trauma-support services and behavior health care.
  • $196,192 to the Women’s Center of Beaver County to fund the WCBC Community Violence Prevention-Reduction program.

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.