North Penn, Wissahickon School Districts to Receive School Safety Grants, Harper Says
BLUE BELL – Both the North Penn and Wissahickon school districts have each been awarded $25,000 grants under the state’s new School Safety and Security Grant program, Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) announced today.

“Ensuring our kids are safe at all times, and especially at school, is a top priority,” Harper said. “We created this $60 million block grant program to give our school districts additional resources and the flexibility to direct those resources to meet their specific safety and security needs. I am pleased to see this first round of funding being made available to our local districts and to districts across the state.”

Under the program, the grants may be used to hire school police officers, school resource officers, counselors and/or mental health counselors; implement alternative education and diversion programs, as well as violence prevention initiatives; develop school safety and emergency preparedness plans; or make physical upgrades to school buildings and equipment to improve safety.

Additional funding may be awarded pending review of each school district’s specific grant application.

The grant program is one of several efforts by the Legislature to boost school safety. Other initiatives adopted as part of the budget process include creating the Safe2Say anonymous tip line, establishing a School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to offer a uniform approach to evaluating current security measures in every school building in Pennsylvania, requiring security drills be conducted in each school at least once a year, and allowing public school entities to go into private, executive session for school safety discussions.

Representative Kate Harper
61st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Rep. Harper’s Blue Bell Office
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