Rep Warren, Sen. Santarsiero announce nearly $65,000 in grants awarded to schools

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Perry Warren announced nearly $65,000 in grants will be awarded to schools in the 31st Legislative District.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced $7.2 million in Safe Schools Targeted Grants, awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents. The grants are used to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and grants can be used to fund training for staff and police officers.

“Investment in schools is an investment in our future,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Anything we can do to protect our children and improve the safety of our schools remain a top priority.

“These grants attempt to eliminate incidents before they happen, through training and the purchase of new equipment.”

Bucks County Technical High School will receive $25,000 for the purchase of equipment. Council Rock School District will receive $19,783 for a public program. Pennsbury School District will receive $19,900 for a public program.

“With these grants, our children have a greater opportunity to learn and grow in a safe educational environment,” Sen. Steve Santarsiero said. “Improving school safety has been, and will continue to be, a constant focus for me. No child, teacher or staff member should have to go to school in fear."

The announcement came on the same day that Morrisville Free Library was awarded a $52,500 Keystone Grant to replace the slate roof on its 108-year-old building. 

PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Officer grants of up to $60,000. Each grant is aimed to assist schools in reducing disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning.