Oct. 31, 2018

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) today announced that a total of $100,000 in funding has been awarded to the four school districts in the 106th Legislative District to help improve student safety through a new grant program established by the General Assembly earlier this year.

The School Safety and Security Grant Program provides 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.

Local grant recipients include Central Dauphin School District, Derry Township School District, Lower Dauphin School District and Middletown Area 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.

Each local school district that applied through the program was awarded a grant of $25,000.

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.

“Investments in academics mean nothing if our students and teachers aren’t safe,” Mehaffie said. “These grants will help protect students and ensure taxpayer dollars can be prioritized in the classroom. I was proud to support this grant program in June.”

Representative Thomas Mehaffie
106th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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