HARRISBURG – The Pleasant Valley School District today was awarded Safe Schools Targeted Grant funding to improve safety and security measures, according to Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe).
“No parent should have to worry about their children’s safety when they send them off to school,” said Rader. “This funding will enable the Pleasant Valley School District to enhance its security efforts in order to ensure a safe learning environment for students, faculty and staff.”
The district received a $40,000 grant that will go toward training and compensating a school police officer.
A second grant in the amount of $24,999 grant will be used to purchase security-related equipment, which can include identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance equipment; special emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and training in the use of the security-related technology.
“Although the learning environment has shifted for students, educators and families, the importance of maintaining safe school communities has not changed,” Acting Education Secretary Noe Ortega said. “The Safe Schools Targeted Grant program provides schools with resources to create, support and enhance programs that address the current needs of school communities, such as creating trauma-informed practices and developing equity and inclusion methods.”
The Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and funded by the General Assembly in the 2020-21 state budget. More than $9 million in grant funding was awarded to schools statewide.
Representative Jack Rader
176th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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