Harrisburg has awarded $192,000 to the Bristol Township and Council Rock School Districts in school safety grants. Senator Tommy Tomlinson announced the funding in press release Tuesday afternoon.
The money comes as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which state lawmakers created in 2018.
“I was proud to cosponsor and support this legislation in the previous session year,” Tomlinson said. “This program will provide critical funding and resources directly to our local school districts that will help keep our students and teachers safe.”
Bristol Township School District received the bulk of the funding at $144,000, while Council Rock has $48,000 to spend. The school districts can use the funding as they see fit as long as the usage is within certain guidelines.
Eligible uses for the grants include:
- hiring 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.
“In addition to the practices they have already put in place, I commend the members of the school board and the superintendents for being proactive in applying for State funding to further protect our schools,” said Tomlinson.