Sainato: More than $60,000 in grants awarded to keep area schools safe

NEW CASTLE, Oct. 18 – Lawrence County schools are receiving $60,165 to fund safety-related programs and equipment, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today.

Sainato said the grants – which provide for a combination of different resources – should go far in protecting area students.

“School safety encompasses a broad range of factors, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution,” Sainato said. “Our districts and schools have worked hard to identify both equipment and program-based strategies that will ensure safe hallways and classrooms where students can learn, free from fear and danger. It puts parents’ minds at ease and puts our students on track for a successful future.” 

Sainato said the recipients and grant amounts are as follows:

Wilmington Area School District - $22,378 for safety-related equipment.
Shenango Area School District
- $10,500 for safety-related programs.
New Castle Area School District - $20,000 for safety-related programs.
New Castle Christian Academy - $7,287 for safety-related equipment.

The grant is part of a package of $7.2 million in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants from the state Department of Education.

The funding – awarded to both public and non-public schools throughout the commonwealth – is designed to help schools prevent or curb violence, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

A list of grant recipients and amounts is available by visiting the Office for Safe Schools webpage on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.