WASD awarded grants to increase school safety

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HARRISBURG—Waynesboro Area School District is among more than 300 districts across the state to be awarded a Safe Schools Targeted grant to increase school safety by purchasing equipment, enacting new programs, and hiring security personnel and school resource officers.

“We know that students learn best when they’re healthy, supported, and safe, and these grants ensure that schools can create and uphold a space that is conducive to learning,” said Secretary of Education Noe Ortega. “The resources and supplies provided through these grants reduce anxiety and administrative burden, and help schools focus on their mission—educating and preparing learners for future success.”

Under the program, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of targeted safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Officer grants of up to $60,000, with this year’s awards totaling $8 million.

The grants help schools reduce unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety, and learning; and enhance anti-violence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.

WASD will receive a $22,959 equipment grant and a $19,980 program grant.

“WASD will be investing in safety equipment and training,” said WASD Superintendent Tod Kline.