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Simmons Announces School Safety and Security Grants
HARRISBURG – All five school districts within the 131st Legislative District this week were awarded state grants to improve safety and security in their buildings, according to Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton).

The funding was made available through a new $60 million grant program created as part of a comprehensive school safety bill that was included in the 2018-19 state budget.

These school districts were approved for funding in the following amounts:

• East Penn – $105,000
• Salisbury Township – $150,000
• Saucon Valley – $154,856
• Southern Lehigh – $34,302
• Upper Perkiomen – $58,320

“No parent should have to worry about their children’s safety when they send them off to school,” said Simmons. “This funding will enable these school districts to enhance their security efforts in order to provide a safer learning environment for students, faculty and staff.”

In addition, the United Way of the Great Lehigh Valley was awarded a safety grant in the amount of $330,431.

The 17-member School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency was created as part of Act 44 of 2018. One of its duties is to help distribute funding through the two-phase grant program.

In the first portion, awarded late last year, each school district that applied received $25,000 for safety initiatives, including school safety assessments, security equipment, training and to hire school resource officers. The grants awarded this week in the second phase of the program were competitive.

Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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