Readshaw announces $64,800 in school safety grants for district

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 22 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced that $64,800 in state school safety dollars are heading to his district via the Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program.

“These grants are providing our schools the funding needed to make our children safe,” said Readshaw. “We know, and studies indicate, that when students are in a safe environment, they’re able to reach their best potential. And, when we make these grant dollars competitive, our local leaders are more vested and accountable for ensuring that they are utilized effectively within their own communities.”

The following public school was awarded grants:

  • Baldwin-Whitehall School District was awarded $24,800 for equipment and $40,000 for a school police officer.

Readshaw explained that under the program, four types of safety grants are available: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer (SPO) grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Officer (SRO) grants of up to $60,000. Each of the grants aims to assist schools in:

  • Reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety, and learning.
  • Enhancing anti-violence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.

More than $7 million in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants were awarded to schools across the commonwealth to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.