School Safety Grants Awarded in Local Communities

HARRISBURG – School safety grants totaling $1,919,109 were awarded today to Dauphin, Lebanon, and York school districts in according to Senator Arnold (R48).

School districts and other entities that will receive grants include:

School District County Award Amount
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 Lancaster $                       143,109.00
Central Dauphin SD Dauphin $                       420,000.00
Lower Dauphin SD Dauphin $                         40,000.00
Middletown Area SD Dauphin $                       490,000.00
Steelton-Highspire SD Dauphin $                         35,000.00
Annville-Cleona SD Lebanon $                       406,000.00
Cornwall-Lebanon SD Lebanon $                         45,000.00
Eastern Lebanon County SD Lebanon $                         40,000.00
Lebanon SD Lebanon $                         45,000.00
Northern Lebanon SD Lebanon $                         40,000.00
Palmyra Area SD Lebanon $                         40,000.00
Central York SD York $                         45,000.00
Northeastern York SD York $                         45,000.00
West Shore SD York $                         45,000.00
York Suburban SD York $                         40,000.00

Eligible uses for the grants include 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.

The grants were awarded by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in 2018.

“Children learn best when they feel that their environment is safe. These grants will assist the schools within the 48th district to take the necessary steps to ensure every child feels secure during the school day. No child should arrive at school and feel in danger.” Senator Arnold said.

A total of approximately $53.7 million was awarded for 524 projects throughout the state in the current round of funding. PCCD received a total of 970 applications totaling $134.5 million for school safety projects in the current Fiscal Year.

In spite of the popularity and importance of the program, Governor Wolf’s 2020-21 budget proposed to cut $45 million from the program next year — a 75-percent reduction. Senate Republicans have made restoring this funding a top priority in budget negotiations.

CONTACT: Greg Moreland (717) 787-1457