Readshaw: Local school districts awarded more than $1 million

Funding to be used for safety initiatives within schools

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – A total of more than $1 million in state funding has been awarded to three schools within the 36th Legislative District to support and implement school safety initiatives, announced state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny.

The awards are as follows:

  • Baldwin-Whitehall School District, $45,000
  • Brentwood Borough School District, $35,000
  • Pittsburgh School District, $929,578

Readshaw said to qualify for the funding, applying districts were required to support the eligible categories and activities, including: performing school safety assessments; purchasing security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education.

“These grants will enable us to better ensure that our children, educators, administrators and staff are working in safer environments and that our school districts have access to the sort of resources vital to further ongoing safety efforts,” Readshaw said. “These are wise investments here in Allegheny County and across Pennsylvania.”

The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018, and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments.