Feb. 26, 2020

JEFFERSON HILLS – Rep. Mike Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington) today announced the School Safety and Security Committee has awarded $53.7 million in School Safety and Security Grants to school districts, vocational schools, intermediate units and charter schools across the state, including Bethel Park, South Park, West Jefferson Hills, Ringgold and Bentworth.

The 17-member committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency was created as part of Act 44 of 2018, a comprehensive school safety law passed in 2018. One of its duties is to help distribute both meritorious and competitive grants.

“A safe and secure learning environment is vital for educating students,” said Puskaric. “No parent should have to worry about their children’s safety when they send them off to school. This funding will enable these school districts to enhance their security efforts in order to provide a safer learning environment for students, faculty and staff.”

Those receiving grants locally are:

• Bethel Park School District - $45,000 for the planning and purchase of security-related technology.
• Elizabeth Forward School District - $40,000 for costs associated with the training and compensation of certified guidance counselors, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, clinical social workers and school psychologists.
• South Park School District - $35,000 for the planning and purchase of security-related technology.
• West Jefferson Hills School District - $40,000 for the planning and purchase of security-related technology.
• Ringgold School District - $40,000 for the planning and purchase of security-related technology.
• Bentworth School District - $30,000 for the costs associated with the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers.

Activities and items allowed include performing school safety assessments; purchasing security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education.

Questions about this or any legislative issues may be directed to Puskaric’s office at 412-382-2009.

Representative Mike Puskaric
39th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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