Local Schools Win $2.2 Million in New Grants

Pottstown, Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford Area, and Perkiomen Valley are among recipients

HARRISBURG PA – More than $2.2 million in state grant money intended to enhance public school safety and security was awarded Wednesday (Feb. 26, 2020) to 11 school districts and education providers in western Montgomery, eastern Berks, and north Chester counties by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the agency announced.

The winners included the:

  • Pottsgrove School District, $40,000, to be used for safety and security assessments, security planning, and purchase of security-related technology;
  • Pottstown School District, $490,000, for security planning and purchase of security-related technology, staff training programs, and trauma-informed approaches to education;
  • Spring-Ford Area School District, $40,000, for security planning and purchase of security-related technology, and student, staff and visitor identification systems; and
  • Perkiomen Valley School District, $45,000, for district-wide school safety planning, and purchase of security-related technology.

Among other grant winners were the:

  • Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center, $72,994;
  • North Montco Technical Career Center, $150,000;
  • Boyertown Area School District, $495,000;
  • Phoenixville Area School District, $495,000;
  • Owen J. Roberts School District, $343,588;
  • Upper Perkiomen School District, $40,000; and
  • Daniel Boone Area School District, $40,000.

The amounts per recipient vary on whether the grants were awarded for meritorious (from $30,000-$45,000) or competitive purposes (in significantly higher amounts), and the number of uses applicable under state law in which the money would be spent, according to the 17-member commission. The uses fall across than 20 broad categories, allowing recipients to tailor spending for items or programs that best suit recipients’ needs.

A total of $53.7 million in grants were awarded by the commission; of that, $18.7 million is being paid for meritorious grants to 496 districts, and $33.8 million for competitive grants to 134 applicants.

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