Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Safety Grants Awards to Schuylkill County School Districts for 2020-21

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced the recipients of more than $9 million in competitive 2020-2021 Safe Schools Targeted Grants. 

Grants are awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

“Although the learning environment has shifted for students, educators, and families, the importance of maintaining safe school communities has not changed,” Acting Education Secretary Noe Ortega said. “The Safe Schools Targeted Grant program provides schools with resources to create, support, and enhance programs that address the current needs of school communities, such as creating trauma-informed practices and developing equity and inclusion methods.”

PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer (SPO) grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Officer (SRO) grants of up to $60,000. Each of the grants aims to assist schools in:
Reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety, and learning; and Enhancing anti-violence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.

In Schuylkill County:

Equipment Grants
  • Schuylkill Technology Centers for $9,914.00
  • Schuylkill Haven School District for $23,140.00
  • Saint Clair Area School District for $25,000.00
  • North Schuylkill School District for $24,911.00
  • Williams Valley School District for $24,000.00
  • Tamaqua Area School District for $$25,000.00
  • Marian Catholic for $25,000
Program Grants
  • Tri-Valley School District for $8,800.00
  • Schuylkill Technology Centers for $4,707.45
  • Williams Valley School District for $20,000.00
Police Officer Grants
  • Tamaqua Area School District for $40,000.00
  • Williams Valley School District for $40,000.00