CAMP HILL, PA – All 11 school districts in the 31st Senatorial District were awarded state grants today to help improve student safety and security through a new program supported by Senator Mike Regan.
The School Safety and Security Grant Program was created by lawmakers earlier this year to provide grants to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.
Eligible uses for the grants include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students.
Each local school district that applied through the program was awarded a grant of $25,000. Local grant recipients include:
- Big Spring SD
- Camp Hill SD
- Carlisle Area SD
- Cumberland Valley SD
- East Pennsboro SD
- Mechanicsburg Area SD
- South Middleton SD
- Dover Area SD
- Northern York County SD
- Spring Grove SD
- West Shore SD
“These grants would not have been possible without the support of Senate leadership and the valuable input of schools, teachers, students, law enforcement, and global experts in school safety,” said Senator Regan. “Enhancing the safety and security of our schools was my prime focus during the budget process, and I am grateful that our local districts will soon realize the benefits of this new grant program.”
Senator Regan’s Senate Bill 1211 was a key component of the comprehensive school safety bill that was signed into law in June. More than $60 million in new funding was dedicated in the current year’s budget to improve school safety.
More information on school safety measures under consideration in the General Assembly is available online at https://www.pasenategop.com/school-safety/.
CONTACT: Bruce McLanahan, 717-975-1985