By Jack Tobias
Created through legislation authored by state
Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and signed into law last year by Gov. Tom
Corbett, the grant program provides funding for programs to address school
violence and security, according to a release posted on the state Department of
“Recent acts of violence have shown that we clearly need to do everything within our ability to keep students and teachers safe in their learning environments,” Scarnati said. "These grants ... will provide financial assistance for school resource officers and school police officers while allowing for local decision-making in order to provide the greatest level of security possible at our schools.”
Eligible schools and municipalities were able to apply for up to $60,000 for a school resource officer and up to $40,000 for a school police officer, the release said.
Eighty-one schools, school districts and municipalities will share $3.9 million in grants; Abington will receive $60,000; nearby Norristown Area School District will receive $60,000 as well.
Grant recipients are required to fund the
officer’s position for at least two years. Pending available funding for the
2014-15 school year, recipients will be eligible to receive 50 percent of their
2013-14 award without reapplying.