Miller: More than $100,000 coming back to two school districts for school safety initiatives

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – Two school districts associated with the 42nd Legislative District were awarded a combined total of $104,800 in state funding for school safety and violence reduction initiatives, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny.

Miller said the competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants were 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.

“We unfortunately live in a reality where we have to worry about the safety of our children at school. It’s unfortunate, but we’ve gone to great lengths to make sure schools are a place where students can feel safe,” Miller said. “This funding is a direct example of the commonwealth’s proactive approach to ensuring schools remain safe for our students and teachers for years to come.”

The school districts that received funding are:

  • Baldwin-Whitehall School District - $64,800. The funding will be used to purchase safety and security-related equipment and fund the salary of a school police officer.
  • Chartiers Valley School District - $40,000. The funding will be used to fund the salary of a school police officer.

Miller said all four grants offered by PDE’s program aim to assist schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions, 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.