Harrisburg – Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) hosted a Senate Majority Policy Committee roundtable discussion focused on school safety efforts at Quakertown Community School District on September 21, 2018
The committee, chaired by Senator David G. Argall (R-29), heard from teachers, students, administrators and others. The public roundtable discussion included Rep. Craig Staats (R-145) and featured a brief summary of recently passed legislation, pending proposals that are awaiting action by the General Assembly and a focus on new school safety solutions from local participants.
“This discussion was imperative in order to ensure that we are doing everything we can to improve the safety of our schools,” said Mensch. “We received a tremendous amount of helpful feedback, and it will be instrumental in helping us continue crafting policy that will give us a multi-faceted approach to this matter.”
Topics included a new $60 million state grant program that will give school districts flexible options to improve school safety, including hiring school security personnel and counselors, purchasing safety equipment like metal detectors, and implementing special programs to reduce violence in schools.
The need to address mental health issues, the role of school bus drivers in identifying potential threats, and other related topics were also covered.
“We are going to need to find the dollars elsewhere in the state budget to make school safety and security a greater priority,” said Mensch. “It is my hope that as we implement the Performance Based Budgeting process I authored, and spending will have to be justified from dollar one, the General Assembly will be able to shift more dollars toward keeping students and teachers safe.”
A complete list of participants and video of the event can be found at SenatorMensch.com.
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