Several Allegheny County schools in the 38th Senatorial District were awarded state grants today (October 30) to help improve student safety through a new program supported by Senator Randy Vulakovich.
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.
“This funding provides these school districts with additional financial support to enhance the safety of students in their classrooms,” said Senator Vulakovich, a former municipal police officer and Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee. “It is important that we take all appropriate and necessary steps to ensure our young people can feel safe in their classrooms and schools.”
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: Allegheny Valley School District, Deer Lakes School District, Fox Chapel Are School District, Hampton Township School District, Highlands School District, North Allegheny School District, North Hills School District, Pine-Richland School District, Pittsburgh School District and Shaler Area School District.
The new program was created as part of a 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: Melissa Girty (412) 487-6600