Tobash Announces State Funding for School Safety Enhancements at Area School Districts
2/26/2020
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Dauphin/Schuylkill) 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.

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.

“This funding will help schools make enhancements to their security plans to better protect students,” said Tobash. “Ensuring student safety must be a main priority for everyone. I am grateful that our local school districts will soon see the benefits of this grant program.”

Local school districts receiving funding include:

• Upper Dauphin Area School District - $35,000 for districtwide school safety and security planning and purchase of security-related technology.
• Dauphin County Technical School - $40,000 for districtwide school safety and security planning and purchase of security-related technology.
• Blue Mountain School District - $40,000 for security planning and purchase of security-related technology and costs associated with the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers.
• Pine Grove Area School District - $410,248 for security planning and purchase of security-related technology.
• Pottsville Area School District - $158,361 for security planning and purchase of security-related technology and costs associated with the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers.
• Schuylkill Haven Area School District - $35,000 for conflict resolution or dispute management, including restorative justice strategies and risk assessment strategies.
• Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 - $56,840 for security planning and purchase of security-related technology.
• Tri-Valley School District - $30,000 for security planning and purchase of security-related technology and costs associated with the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers.
• Williams Valley School District - $30,000 for security planning and purchase of security-related technology and institution of student, staff and visitor identification systems, including criminal background check software.

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.

For more information about any state-related issue, contact Tobash’s district office in Schuylkill Haven located at 988 East Main St., by calling 570-385-8235. Information can also be found online at RepTobash.com or Facebook.com/RepTobash.

Representative Mike Tobash
125th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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