Ward, Schemel Announce School Safety Grants in Franklin Co.

HARRISBURG – School safety grants totaling more than $270,000 were awarded today to school districts in southern Franklin County, according to Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) and Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin).

Grant recipients include:

  • Greencastle-Antrim School District, $231,148
  • Tuscarora School District, $40,000

In addition, the Franklin County Career & Technology Center was awarded $95,000.

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.

“These grants will help further protect children as they go to school each day. Investing in the protection of our children is a priority, and I am glad this money will be put to good use in addressing the unique security needs of each school district,” Ward said.

“Schools are financially pressed in many areas. Hopefully these grants will provide an opportunity to address security needs without again tapping local taxpayers,” Schemel 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.

Representative Paul Schemel
90th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Jennifer Fitch

Senator Judy Ward
30th District
Pennsylvania Senate
Media Contact: Cheryl Schriner

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