School safety grants awarded to local school districts

YORK – Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) announced school safety grants totaling $1,403,943 were awarded to all 11 school districts in the 28th Senatorial District in York County.

School districts that will receive grants include:

  • Central York School District
  • Dallastown Area School District
  • Eastern York School District
  • Red Lion Area School District
  • South Eastern School District
  • South Western School District
  • Southern York County School District
  • Spring Grove Area School District
  • West York Area School District
  • York City School District
  • York Suburban School District

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 (PCCD) as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in 2018.

In addition to every school district in Phillips-Hill’s Senate district receiving funding, the Youth Advocate Program was awarded a $170,037 grant in order to improve school safety and reduce violence in the Lincoln Charter School.

“Ensuring the safety and protection of students, teachers and administrators is important for every school and I am pleased to see every school district receive funding under this program,” Phillips-Hill said. “Unfortunately, Governor Wolf is seeking a $45 million cut to this program in the budget for next year, however, I believe the safety of our children should be a priority.”

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.

You can listen to Senator Phillips-Hill comment about this funding announcement here.

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