HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) today announced that local schools in Bradford, Lycoming and Susquehanna counties will receive a collective total of $244,806 in competitive Safe Schools Targeted grants to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource officers.
Northeast Bradford School District will receive $34,300 for security equipment and for programs aimed at reducing school violence; Wyalusing Area School District will receive $44,999.80 for security equipment and programs aimed at reducing school violence; Sayre Area School District will receive $18,954.74 for school safety programs; East Lycoming School District will receive $24,875.00 for security equipment; Blue Ridge School District in Susquehanna County will receive $42,000.00 and Elk Lake School District will receive $30,580.00 for school resource officers. Additionally, the BLaST IU 17 will receive $49,097.26 for the campuses of St. John Neumann Regional Academy Elementary and High School.
“No parent, teacher or student should have to worry if they are going to get home safely from school each day,” Sen. Yaw said. “Protecting our schools is paramount, and that is why I was happy to support the School Safety program, which was established last year by the legislature.”
In addition to hiring school security officers and purchasing security-related technology, grants can be used for completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students.
More information on school safety measures under consideration in the General Assembly is available online at https://www.pasenategop.com/school-safety/.
For more state-related news and information visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.
Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff