Pope John Paul II Wins Safe Schools Grant

ROYERSFORD PA – A $2,634 safe schools targeted grant, made available to buy safety and security-related equipment or implement safety programs, was awarded Friday to Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, state legislators announced.

Also named grant winners were the Upper Perkiomen School District in Pennsburg PA for $24,444, and the Berks County Intermediate Unit for $14,262.

The funding, included in the 2019-20 state budget, enables the winners to enhance security efforts and provide a safer learning environment for students, faculty and staff, proponents claim.

Specifically, according to the department, equipment grants 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.

Safety program grants, it added, assist school entities by providing funding for programs that address school violence.

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