Mensch Announces $275,000 in New School Safety and Security Grants

Harrisburg – Eleven area school districts were awarded state grants today to help improve student safety through a new program supported by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24).

The School Safety and Security Grant Program was created by lawmakers earlier this year to provide grants to schools for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.

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. Local grant recipients include:

Berks County

  • Brandywine Heights Area School District
  • Oley Valley School District

Bucks County

  • Palisades School District
  • Quakertown Community School District

Montgomery County

  • Boyertown Area School District
  • North Penn School District
  • Perkiomen Valley School District
  • Pottsgrove School District
  • Pottstown School District
  • Souderton Area School District
  • Upper Perkiomen School District

“I supported the creation of this new grant program because a safe and secure learning environment is vital for providing students with a high-quality education,” Mensch said. “During the budget process, there are many needs competing for funds. To me, school safety is a top priority, and I am pleased that local schools will be able to use these grants to improve security for students and teachers.”

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.

More information on the General Assembly’s efforts to improve school safety measures is available online at https://www.pasenategop.com/school-safety/.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/senatormensch, or Twitter @SenatorMensch

CONTACT: Sarah Rasmussen srasmussen@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388