Shusterman announces $580k in grants to support school safety and security

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced today that two school districts in her legislative district have been awarded Pennsylvania school safety and security grants totaling $580,672.

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.

Grant recipients in Shusterman’s district include:

  • Phoenixville Area School District, receiving $194,480
  • Spring-Ford Area School District, receiving $386,192

It will be the choice of the school districts to determine how exactly the funds will be used. Eligible purposes include, but are not limited to, safety and security assessments, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, intervention training programs, training of school police officers and counseling services for students.

“School safety is among my top priorities,” Shusterman said. “I’m happy to work with the school districts to secure these state funds to ensure our students have the safest learning environments possible.”

Further information about the grants can be found here: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/default.aspx