Webster welcomes $1.3 million to area school districts for critical safety grants

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State Rep. Joe Webster, D-Montgomery, today announced that state grants have been awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to several Montgomery County schools to improve school safety and support mental health programs for both students and staff.

"It’s imperative that students, teachers and staff feel secure in our schools. Feeling safe is not just a privilege but a fundamental necessity for effective teaching and learning,” Webster said. "With the allocation of this vital funding, Pennsylvania is taking a significant step towards enhancing the safety and well-being of our school communities. Ultimately, our aim is to create nurturing and inclusive learning environments where students can focus more on their education, free from the distractions and anxieties posed by safety concerns."

The school districts awarded include:

  • Methacton School District - $200,009
  • Norristown Area School District - $697,998
  • Perkiomen Valley School District - $206,961
  • Spring-Ford Area School District - $242,295

Residents can view a full list of awards, including dollar amount and school entities approved for funding, here:

This new round of grants completes the federal and state school safety funding of $155 million, allocated in the 2023-24 fiscal year budget. These funds will advance the School Safety and Security Committee’s goal of ensuring that all Pennsylvania students can learn in safe, healthy school environments by helping school entities address basic safety needs and mental health services identified in the committee’s recently adopted Revised Baseline Criteria Standards.