Mullery announces school safety grants for local school districts

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today that Greater Nanticoke Area School District, Hanover Area School District and Hazleton Area School District were awarded the competitive Safe Schools Targeted grants for the 2018-19 school year.


“Ensuring our children’s safety while at school is an issue I take extremely seriously,” Mullery said. “By supporting and enhancing resources that promote safety, we can continue to foster environments of greater learning, greater safety and greater community.”


The Greater Nanticoke Area School District was awarded $39,988 for training and compensation of school police officers, Hanover Area School District was awarded $45,951 for training and compensation of school resource officers and Hazleton Area School District was awarded $24,600 to purchase security and safety-related equipment.


Mullery noted and thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for his commitment to school safety. Close to 270 different public school entities were awarded through the grant program.


The Safe Schools Targeted Grant program assists schools in preventing and reducing violent incidents in school by providing funding to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide training and compensation for school resource and police officers. More than $8.4 million was awarded through this program this year.

For a full list of recipients and their award amounts, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.


PDE’s program is separate from the new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program created this year and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.