Snyder: Over $61,800 awarded to school districts within the 50th District

School safety grants awarded for equipment

HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – In order to continue to keep students safe while they receive an education, three school districts within the 50th Legislative District have been awarded $61,880 in school safety grants, announced state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington.

The Central Greene School District was granted $24,933, the Jefferson-Morgan School District was awarded $11,947 and Albert Gallatin Area School District was given $25,000. The funding will allow the school districts to purchase safety or security-related equipment, including metal detectors, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, special emergency communications equipment, electronic lockets, deadbolts and theft control devices, Snyder said. 

“The security of students, educators and their families remain my top priority,” Snyder said. “These grants will allow our schools to better equip themselves with the tools necessary to stay safe, reduce and prevent violence, and continue to provide a successful learning environment for our youth.”

Earlier this year, Snyder hosted a Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on school safety in Brownsville, which included leaders and officials in education, law enforcement and security. Snyder -- who sponsored H.B. 381, which would amend the Allowing Minors to Consent to Medical Care Act, giving the state Department of Human Services the authority to issue guidelines and adopt rules and regulations to clarify a minor’s right to mental health treatment -- also participated in a Mental Health and School Safety news conference earlier this year.

Approximately 46 public school entities will share the $1.04 million awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education to purchase security and safety-related equipment for the 2018-19 school year. Applicants were eligible to receive up to $25,000.

PDE’s program is separate from the new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program created this year and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. For a list of awardees and their award amounts, visit the PDE’s website.