HARRISBURG – Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) has announced that the Quaker Valley School District has been awarded funding totaling $84,322 from the Safe Schools Targeted Grant program.
The district will receive a $19,800 program grant, a $24,522 equipment grant and a $40,000 school police officer grant.
“School safety is one of my top priorities as your state representative in Harrisburg,” said Gaydos. “Our students deserve to learn in an environment free from violence and crime. These grants will help protect students and ensure taxpayer dollars used to support our schools can be prioritized in the classroom.”
Safe Schools Program grants funds a variety of different projects, including 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.
Safe Schools Equipment grants assist schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. In addition, the funding assists schools in procuring the resources and training necessary to create a physical environment that fosters the safety and well-being of students and staff.
Safe Schools Police/Resource Officer grants allow for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers. This grant lasts for a two-year cycle.
“I urge all schools to create new safety programs and apply for grants through the Safe Schools Initiative to make these plans a reality,” said Gaydos. “If a school district does not apply for funding they will not receive a penny. My message to a school district is to visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) website at education.pa.gov/
and find out what funding is available.
Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Rick Leiner