– Through the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) supported, $100,000 in grants to help improve school safety were awarded to school districts in the 160th District.
Chichester, Garnet Valley, Kennett Consolidated and Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts each received $25,000.
“This funding is important for the safety of all Commonwealth students, so I look forward to seeing how the money is used,” Barrar said. “It’s a great example of government working to serve the needs of our communities.”
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.
Additional funding, which can be used by school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions that are looking for additional support, will be awarded in the future.
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 2018-19 budget to improve school safety.
Representative Stephen E. Barrar
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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