Area schools awarded safety, equipment grants
The Loyalsock Township School District has received a $19,961 Safe Schools Targeted Grant from the state Department of Education. Also, St. John Neumann elementary and high schools each received $24,885 Intermediate Unit non-public equipment grants.
The announcement of the funding awards was made recently by state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township.
According to Yaw the grants were awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.
“Protecting our students, teachers and staff is paramount and this funding will aid in that effort,” Yaw said, according to a news release.
The state’s Office of Safe Schools offers equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; and school resource officer grants of up to $60,000.
Each of the grants is aimed at assisting schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning.
The grants also are designed to enhance anti-violence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.