Seven Local Public, Private Schools Win State Safety Grants

HARRISBURG PA – More than $233,000 was awarded Monday (Nov. 16, 2020), in 10 separate grants to seven different local public school districts and private (non-public) schools, as part of a total $9 million intended to keep schools safe and distributed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Winning funding in the competitive program were the Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford Area, Perkiomen Valley, Upper Perkiomen, and Owen J. Roberts districts; as well as privately operated Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford and St. Aloysius School in Lower Pottsgrove. Three recipients – Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford, and St. Aloysius – won twice with grant proposals in separate categories.

The department’s “2020-2021 Safe Schools Targeted Grants” were presented to schools “to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.”

  • Receiving safety equipment grants were Pottsgrove, $24,744; Spring-Ford, $24,354; Perkiomen Valley, $24,996; Upper Perkiomen, $24,998; and Owen J. Roberts, $21,960; and Pope John Paul II, and St. Aloysius, $25,000 each. The maximum amount available for equipment grants was $25,000.
  • Receiving safety program grants were Pottsgrove, $20,000; and St. Aloysius, $2,393. The maximum was $20,000.
  • Receiving a school police officer grant was Spring-Ford, $40,000, which also was the maximum.
  • No local police departments received a school resource officer grant, for which the maximum was $60,000.

“Although the learning environment has shifted for students, educators, and families, the importance of maintaining safe school communities has not changed,” acting Education Secretary Noe Ortega said. The programs provide schools “with resources to create, support, and enhance programs that address the current needs of school communities.”

Both 146th Legislative District Rep. Joe Ciresi, and 147th District Rep. Marcy Toepel, both of whom represent constituencies among the grant winners, offered their congratulations to the schools and thanks to the state.

The education department’s program is separate from School Safety and Security Grants administered by the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency, presented in February and which also had local recipients.

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