110 Schools Receive $2.6 Million in Safe
of 110 school districts in Pennsylvania have been selected to receive
Pennsylvania school safety grants totaling $2.6 million, according to Senator
Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson). Clearfield, Curwensville, DuBois, Saint Marys, Brockway and Brookville School Districts are among the 110 receiving the grant.
The grants being awarded are for the Safe
School Initiatives Program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania
Department of Education (PDE) through The Office of Safe Schools.
Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq said, “Pennsylvania’s schools should be
a safe haven for students, where their focus is on academics and reaching their
funding will be used by educational institutions to establish and implement
plans to prevent and reduce incidents of violence. Schools were eligible to receive individual
grants of up to $25,000.
explained that last year he introduced legislation to expand and enhance the
safe schools grant program within PDE, partly in response to the tragic
shooting which occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut
in December of 2012.
said, “The Safe Schools Targeted Grants will provide schools with the resources
they need to ensure that our schools will continue to be the safe learning
environments that students, parents and teachers expect.”
result of Scarnati’s leadership, funding allocated for Safe Schools Initiatives
increased from $500,000 to $2.6 million. Each school district across Pennsylvania was able to apply for the
grants, to aid with the cost of providing an increased level of security at
that students and teachers feel safe in their learning environments is a
crucial part of helping children to learn and succeed,” Scarnati stated. “Across Pennsylvania each school’s safety
needs are unique, which this program recognizes by allowing local school
officials to determine how best to use the grants to protect our children.”
latest announcement completes the School Safety Grant Program awards for
2013-2014. The other portion of school
safety grants for School Resource Officer (SRO)/School Police Officer (SPO)
funding was announced last month. In his
budget proposal announced earlier this month, Governor Corbett proposed $8.5
million in funding for the program in the coming 2014-2015 fiscal year.
the greatest level of security possible at our schools is something that
parents, teachers and children expect and deserve,” Scarnati stated. “As we begin to work through Pennsylvania’s
annual state budget process for the upcoming fiscal year, I will continue to be
a chief advocate for the School Safety Grant Program. Our children are our future and keeping them
safe is of the greatest importance.”
focus of the grant program is to assist schools by:
unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of
greater productivity, safety and learning;
professional development to staff using research-based violence prevention and
classroom management programs; and
were eligible to receive up to $25,000, with the following programs considered
antiviolence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law
enforcement and community organizations.
resolution or dispute management.
positive behavior support.
violence prevention programs that address risk factors to reduce incidents of
problem behaviors among students.
for Student Assistance Program team members.
training in the use of positive behavior supports, de-escalation techniques and
appropriate responses to student behavior that may require immediate
A full list of grant awardees and award amounts can be
found on PDE’s website at www.education.state.pa.us, by clicking on the
“2013-14 Safe Schools Targeted Grants” icon.