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Abington Receives School Resource Officer Grant

The Abington School District Board Room. Credit: Mischa Arnosky
The Abington School District Board Room. Credit: Mischa Arnosky


By Jack Tobias

Abington School District is one of two in Montgomery County that will receive grant money to go toward the hiring of a school resource officer or school police officer.

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 Education website.

“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.

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