Nov. 16, 2020

HARRISBURG – Two public school districts and two non-public school in the 116th Legislative District today were awarded Safe Schools Targeted Grants to improve safety and security measures, according to Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne).

“Creating a safe and secure learning environment for our students, faculty and staff is one of my top priorities,” said Toohil. “This program continues to support the necessary enhancements to help ensure we accomplish that goal in schools locally and across the Commonwealth.”

The following school districts/schools in the 116th Legislative District received funding:

• Crestwood School District – $25,000 equipment grant.
• Holy Family Academy – $24,885 equipment grant.
• Immanuel Christian School – $17,388.40.
• Northwest Area School District – $35,600 school police officer grant.

Equipment grants can be used to purchase security-related equipment including identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance equipment; special emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and training in the use of the security-related technology.

School police officer (SPO) grants fund programs which address school violence by establishing or enhancing school security, including costs associated with the training and compensation of SPOs.

“Although the learning environment has shifted for students, educators and families, the importance of maintaining safe school communities has not changed,” Acting Education Secretary Noe Ortega said. “The Safe Schools Targeted Grant program provides schools with resources to create, support and enhance programs that address the current needs of school communities, such as creating trauma-informed practices and developing equity and inclusion methods.”

The Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and funded by the General Assembly in the 2020-21 state budget. More than $9 million in grant funding was awarded to schools statewide.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717-260-6136 /