Schwank Announces $2 Million in Local School and Community Safety Grants

Harrisburg, Pa − April 30, 2019 − Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) today announced the following state funding for school and community safety in the 11th Senate District, which Schwank represents:

  • Berks Career and Technical Center, $367,626;
  • Brandywine Heights Area School District, $562,775;
  • Exeter Township School District, $393,632;
  • Fleetwood Area School District, $23,222;
  • Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center, $63,429;
  • Schuylkill Valley School District, $88,500;
  • Wyomissing Area School District, $236,558;
  • And Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading & Berks County, $350,000.

“I commend the school districts and school-related programs for pursuing funding to strengthen safety initiatives,” Schwank said. “Berks County schools are consistently at the forefront of proactively providing safe school environments.”

Act 44 of 2018 created a School Safety and Security Fund for the purposes of providing funding to school districts for school safety and security concerns and addressing community violence. Part of Pennsylvania’s 2018-2019 budget included adding $60 million to the fund with $7.5 million for community anti-violence programs and the remaining $52.5 million for school safety.  

Initial awards to school districts were made in October of 2018. The remaining $40 million was awarded today.  

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency received 638 applications for a total of $177.6 million in funding requests. After a review of each application, 234 applications requesting, $40 million, were approved Tuesday.

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