Senator Browne Announces School Safety Grants Awarded in Lehigh County

HARRISBURG – School safety grants totaling $923,000 were awarded yesterday (Feb. 27) to seven school districts and the Carbon Lehigh Intermediary Unit 21 in Lehigh County, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne (R-16).

School districts and other entities that will receive grants include:

  • Allentown SD- $45,000
  • East Penn SD- $45,000
  • Northern Lehigh SD- $365,679
  • Northwestern Lehigh SD- $40,000
  • Parkland SD- $45,000
  • Salisbury Township SD- $35,000
  • Southern Lehigh SD- $40,000
  • Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21- $307,321

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 included in legislation I was the prime sponsor of (Act 44 of 2018).”

“Through the passage of several comprehensive measures, the Pennsylvania General Assembly has made school safety a top priority,” Senator Browne said. “We will continue to act to ensure that school districts have the tools and resources necessary to ensure a safe learning environment for our students, teachers and administrators. These grants serve an important role in providing local decision makers the means to address school safety concerns in ways that best fit their districts.”

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.

CONTACT:         Matt Szuchyt (Sen. Browne)                          (610) 821-8468, mszuchyt@pasen.gov