State lawmakers announce more than $400K in grants to improve Berks County school safety

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State lawmakers Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi, and state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, announced the approval of several School Safety and Security grants today.   

“The security of our children and schools remain a high priority for me,” Caltagirone said. “This grant is important in that it provides the funds needed to improve security in our public buildings as well as needed training.”

The Berks County Intermediate Unit has been approved for a $254,733 grant. The unit provides services to 18 school districts.

A $30,000 grant for Antietam School District, a $45,000 grant for Exeter Township School District, a $45,000 grant for Governor Mifflin School District, a $40,000 grant for Muhlenberg School District and a $45,000 grant for Reading School District were also approved. A complete list of all the grants awarded in Berks County and around the state can be found online.

“We need to protect our children and the employees in our public school buildings,” Rozzi said. “This grant will help put needed safeguards in place, which is of the utmost importance in this day and age.”

This grant for the BCIU will fund a card access system, portable radios, trauma informed training and other costs.

“School safety must be a paramount priority for all of us,” Schwank said. “These funds will help our school districts and the BCIU continue their ongoing efforts to keep our kids safe at school.”

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency receives hundreds of applications for the School Safety and Security grant program. The School Safety and Security Committee approved 524 grants Wednesday.