Oct. 30, 2018

SOMERSET – Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Bedford/Somerset) announced that several school districts in the 69th District were awarded state funding today to assist with improving student safety through a new grant program.

“The School Safety and Security Grant Program was created by Act 44 of 2018, which I voted for, earlier this year. Its aim is to provide grants to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions to improve school safety,” Metzgar said. “Ensuring our students are safe was a matter of importance for me during the budget process and I am grateful our local school will receive the benefits of this new grant program.”

Grants can be used for a variety of safety measures, including the hiring of school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students. More than $60 million in new funding was dedicated in the current year’s budget to improve school safety.

Each local school district that applied through the program was awarded a grant of $25,000. Local grant recipients include:

• Bedford Area School District
• Chestnut Ridge School District
• Windber Area School District
• Berlin Brothersvalley School District
• Conemaugh Township Area School District
• North Star School District
• Meyersdale Area School District
• Rockwood Area School District
• Shade-Central City School District
• Shanksville-Stonycreek School District
• Somerset Area School District

Representative Carl Walker Metzgar
69th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Greg Gross