State lawmakers announce more than $3M in school safety grants in Delaware County

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State lawmakers announced the approval of 16 School Safety and Security grants in Delaware County today.  

State Rep. Margo Davidson, the Southeast Delegation chair, said: “If there’s one place a child should feel safe outside their home, it should be at school. These grants provide much-needed safety improvements and security training to help protect our children, teachers and school support staff.”

School entities can use grant funds to purchase security-related equipment, support safety-related training, hire school resource officers, hire school counselors, hire social workers and hire school psychologists. The School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency approved the grants Wednesday afternoon.

Below are reactions from Democratic representatives from Delaware County:

State Rep. Leanne Krueger said: “Creating a safe and secure school environment is a critical part of helping our students succeed. These grants are investments in keeping our children safe, and I’m thrilled to see our local districts taking steps to address the needs they see.”

State Rep. Mike Zabel said: "This is something all legislators can agree on. The safety and welfare of our children is immensely important, and the funding announced today -- funding that will help William Penn, Haverford Township, Upper Darby and so many other school districts -- will go a long way in securing that safety and welfare."

State Rep. Brian Kirkland said: "This is incredible news that our students at Chester-Upland, Chichester, Ridley and all the other school districts can take to heart. The efforts through this funding will make our children safer and will ensure better environments for learning."

State Rep. David Delloso said: “Schools must always look for ways to improve their security and provide the safest environment. These grants will help put in place safeguards to protect our children.”

State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara said: "It is our job as legislators to ensure the safety of all of our children at all times. Grants like these are crucial to making improvements in schools, keeping our children secure. Every child should feel safe at school."

A complete list of the 524 grants awarded to school entities Wednesday can be found online at https://www.pccd.pa.gov/AboutUs/Pages/Press%20Releases/School-Safety-and-Security-Committee-Approves-Over-$60-Million-in-School-Safety-Grants.aspx.