Several area school districts get state safety grants

Seven dis­tricts from Bucks or Eastern Montgomery coun­ties, the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and Upper Bucks County Technical School were among the recipients.

Seven school dis­tricts from Bucks or Eastern Montgomery coun­ties, the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and Upper Bucks County Technical School in Bedminster were recent­ly among the recip­i­ents of $40 mil­lion in school safe­ty grants from the state.

Area school dis­tricts award­ed grants were Abington, $80,100; Bristol Township,$144,000; Council Rock, $48,000; Hatboro-Horsham, $152,280; North Penn,$289,488; Palisades, $131,500 and Souderton Area, $74,975.
The Bucks County IU was award­ed $99,560 and Upper Bucks Technical $9,500. The grants came from The School Safety and Security Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

In all, 234 school enti­ties across the state received grants that can be used for hir­ing school secu­ri­ty offi­cers, pur­chas­ing security-related tech­nol­o­gy, com­plet­ing safe­ty and secu­ri­ty assess­ments, imple­ment­ing vio­lence pre­ven­tion cur­ric­u­la, offer­ing more coun­sel­ing ser­vices for stu­dents and oth­er areas.

We are excit­ed and grate­ful to receive the PCCD grant,” Bristol Township School District Superintendent Melanie Gehrens said. “The funds will allows us to do even more to achieve the district’s goal of cre­at­ing a school cul­ture in which stu­dents, staff and oth­er mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ty feel per­son­al­ly, phys­i­cal­ly and emo­tion­al­ly safe.”

A total of 638 appli­ca­tions total­ing $177.6 mil­lion were received, PCCD offi­cials said in a news release.

This illus­trates that we must con­tin­ue to fund this vital pro­gram,” said state Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R‑35, chair­man of the State Education Committee. 

I will be advo­cat­ing for addi­tion­al dol­lars to go to this pro­gram dur­ing the state bud­get conversations.”

Gov. Tom Wolf said the grants are the “mech­a­nism we need to cre­ate local strate­gies that will increase safe­ty for our chil­dren and our teach­ers and pre­vent vio­lence in class­rooms and com­mu­ni­ties across the commonwealth.

Schools should be safe, secure places for our chil­dren to focus on their edu­ca­tion and on prepar­ing them­selves for a life­time of suc­cess, not anoth­er place we need to wor­ry about send­ing our chil­dren,” he said. “Awarding these grants to more than 200 schools means a safer Pennsylvania.”

State Rep. Wendi Thomas, R‑178, of Northampton, a for­mer Council Rock school board mem­ber, said she was grate­ful for the addi­tion­al mon­ey to bol­ster the district’s secu­ri­ty and want­ed to “encour­age oth­er school dis­tricts in Bucks County to reach out to this valu­able resource.”

State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D‑143, of Plumstead added “noth­ing is more impor­tant than our children’s safe­ty.” Her leg­isla­tive dis­trict includes Palisades. 

Reprinted from the Bucks County Courier Times
Written By Chris English
Posted and updat­ed by the Courier Times May 6, 2019 at 2:54 PM