Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Boscola announces local Safe Schools grants

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Contributed in Local News

State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola announced Nov. 17 the Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded grants totally $106,927 for Safe Schools to five local school districts and Intermediate Units.

• East Penn School District has been awarded the Year 2 allocation of their 2016-17 Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant by the Department of Education in the amount of $30,000

• Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit has been awarded the Year 2 allocation of their 2016-17 Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant by the Department of Education in the amount of $20,000

• Easton Area School District, has been awarded a Safe Schools Equipment Grant by the Department of Education in the amount of $17,300

• Northampton Area School District has been awarded a Safe Schools Equipment Grant by the Department of Education in the amount of $19,800

• Colonial Intermediate Unit, which serves Monroe, Northampton and a portion of Pike Counties, has been awarded a Safe Schools Equipment Grant by the Department of Education in the amount of $19,827

“Ensuring that our children are safe while in our schools is critical to the educational process. I am pleased that state dollars will be used toward hiring personnel and providing equipment to assist in ensuring student safety,” Boscola said.

The Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant are for two years and are intended to be used for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers.

The goal of the Safe Schools Equipment Grant is to assist schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning; and to assist schools in procuring the resources and training necessary to create a physical environment that fosters the safety and well-being of students and staff.