City Charter School receives school safety grant

HARRISBURG, May 22– State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, today announced that City Charter School in Pittsburgh has been selected to receive a $23,147 state grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to purchase safety and security-related equipment.

“It’s hard to imagine a more essential priority than school safety,” Wheatley said. “Thanks to this funding, City can move forward with ensuring that our kids, teachers and other school workers have the safest possible environment.”

The grant can be used to purchase security-related equipment including student, staff and visitor identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance equipment; special emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and training in the use of the security-related technology.

“The additional funding will help these schools create the safe and healthy learning environment that parents and their children deserve and further demonstrates the Wolf Administration’s commitment to students and teachers across the commonwealth,” Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera said.

The funding is in addition to the $47.5 million the School Safety and Security Committee in the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced earlier this month and the $8.4 million PDE awarded last fall.

PDE is also reminding schools that Targeted Grant applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now being accepted. The deadline for submission of grants is July 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. More information is on the PDE website.