School safety grants awarded to area districts

Funding vital for communities to help provide for local schools

LEWISTOWN — Four area school districts have been awarded School safety grants by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, according to a press release from state Sen. Jake Corman’s office.

“A safe and secure learning environment is an important part of our ongoing commitment to providing a quality education for Pennsylvania students,” Corman said. “This funding is vital for our communities to help provide the school districts with the access to the tools they need to achieve that.”

Mifflin County School District has been awarded $495,000, Juniata County School District was granted $40,000, Mount Union Area School District receives $35,000 and Greenwood School District receives $100,180, according to the release.

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.

The grants were awarded by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in 2018.

A total of approximately $53.7 million was awarded for 524 projects throughout the state in the current round of funding. PCCD received a total of 970 applications totaling $134.5 million for school safety projects in the current fiscal year.