Webster announces grants for Norristown, Spring-Ford school districts

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Joe Webster announced that school safety grants were awarded to Norristown Area and Spring-Ford Area school districts.

The School Safety and Security Committee, part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, awarded the grants Tuesday. The funds were included in the 2018-19 budget.

“I’m thrilled to see the Norristown and Spring-Ford districts receive this funding. Protecting our children is our most important responsibility we have,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I’m glad these school districts pursued this funding to make sure they are providing what students need, and I’ll do everything I can to fight for more investments in education.”

Norristown Area School District was awarded $1,512,000. The district applied in the categories of security planning and technology and trauma-informed approaches to education.

Spring-Ford Area School District was awarded $386,192. The district sought funds in the categories of safety and security assessments; risk assessment, safety and violence prevention curriculum; student codes of conduct; violence prevention programs; districtwide safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all hazards plans; and costs related to school resource officers or school police officers.

State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, also congratulated the Norristown Area School District for being awarded its grant.

"I was proud to support this funding in the 2018-19 budget, and I'm hopeful that we'll continue to prioritize student safety in the upcoming budget process,” Briggs said.

More information on the grants is available here.