Harrisburg, February 26, 2020 – State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that school safety and security grants totaling over $1.1 million were awarded in the 14th Senatorial District.
School districts and other entities that will receive grants in the 14th Senatorial District include:
- Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 – $307,321
- Jim Thorpe Area School District- $308,507
- Lehighton Area School District – $40,000
- Palmerton Area School District – $35,000
- Panther Valley School District – $35,000
- Weatherly Area School District – $30,000
- Crestwood School District – $40,000
- Greater Nanticoke Area School District – $40,000
- Hanover Area School District – $40,000
- Hazleton Area School District – $152,800
- Pittston Area School District – $40,000
- Wilkes-Barre Area School District -$45,000
- Wyoming Area School District – $40,000
- Wyoming Valley West School District – $45,000
“Our students, faculty and staff across the 14th Senatorial District and the Commonwealth should feel safe and secure every day that they walk into school,” said Senator John Yudichak. “The School Safety and Security Grant Program is a vital resource for our school districts and intermediate units as they work to ensure the safety of their students, faculty and staff.”
“We are most appreciative to Senator Yudichak and the Luzerne County legislative delegation for their ongoing commitment and support in helping our schools ensure the health, safety and welfare of our students and staff. This continued funding helps our IU and districts to meet the modern day school security challenges within our existing buildings and also helps to address some of the mental health needs in addition to physical security needs. We look forward to an ongoing commitment at the state level as we continue to secure and support all school facilities and the individuals within them,” said Dr. Anthony Grieco, Executive Director of the Luzerne County IU 18.
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.