Nov. 17, 2020

HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington) has announced that school districts in the 39th Legislative District have been awarded funding totaling $315,000 from the Safe Schools Targeted Grant programs.

The West Jefferson Hills School District will receive a $20,000 program grant, a $25,000 equipment grant and a $40,000 school police/resource officer grant.

The Ringgold School District will receive a $20,000 program grant, a $25,000 equipment grant, a $40,000 school police grant and a $60,000 resource officer grant.

The South Park School District will receive a $25,000 equipment grant, and the Elizabeth Forward District will receive a school police/resource officer grant in the amount of $60,000.

“These grants will allow each individual school district to decide how they will use the funds,” said Puskaric. “Each school’s needs are different, and these grant programs allow schools flexibility to address their own, unique security requirements.”

Safe Schools Program grants fund a variety of different projects, including 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.

Safe Schools Equipment grants assist schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. In addition, the funding assists schools in procuring the resources and training necessary to create a physical environment that fosters the safety and well-being of students and staff.

Safe Schools Police/Resource Officer grants allow for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers. This grant lasts for a two-year cycle.

“These grants will ensure our young people can go to school each day and find a safe environment for learning and growth,” said Puskaric.

Representative Mike Puskaric
39th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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