May. 01, 2019

HARRISBURG – The Altoona Area School District has been awarded a state grant in the amount of $136,552 to improve safety and security in its buildings, according to Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair).

The funding was made available through a new $60 million grant program created as part of a comprehensive school safety bill that was included in the 2018-19 state budget.

“No parent should have to worry about their children’s safety when they send them off to school,” said Schmitt. “This funding will enable the school district to enhance its security efforts in order to provide a safer learning environment for students, faculty and staff.”

The 17-member School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency was created as part of Act 44 of 2018. One of its duties is to help distribute funding through the two-phase grant program.

In the first portion, awarded late last year, each school district that applied received $25,000 for safety initiatives, including school safety assessments, security equipment, training and to hire school resource officers. The grants included in the second phase of the program were awarded this week.

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Representative Lou Schmitt
79th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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