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Norristown Area School District to Receive $1.5 Million Grant

Norristown, PA — Governor Tom Wolf announced that The School Safety and Security Committee established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) by Act 44 of 2018 approved $40 million in school safety grants to 234 school entities plus $7.5 million in community violence prevention and reduction grants to 25 grant recipients throughout the commonwealth.

“These grants are the mechanism we need to create local strategies that will increase safety for our children and our teachers and prevent violence in classrooms and communities across the commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said. “Schools should be safe, secure places for our children to focus on their education and on preparing themselves for a lifetime of success, not another place we need to worry about sending our children. Awarding these grants to more than 200 schools means a safer Pennsylvania.”

Activities and items allowed include performing school safety assessments; purchasing security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education.

“We recognize and thank our state legislators and Governor for allocating dedicated funds through Act 44 of 2018 for school safety and security, demonstrating their commitment to the well-being of our students and staff. Norristown Area School District is proud to receive funds awarded through this meritorious application process, a testament to the outstanding and collaborative efforts of our grant manager, Operations Department, and Pupil Services team for designing and submitted a comprehensive application,” Christopher Dormer, Superintendent of Schools, Norristown Area School District said.

“The funds we will receive represent a significant investment in our children, allowing us to increase and upgrade our infrastructure with the addition and enhancement of secure vestibules in all schools, an improved visitor management system, and the addition and upgrade of cameras. This grant will also allow us to provide much needed proactive and preventative supports with the addition and expansion of mental health services for our students and families. We hope that our elected officials will continue to provide these types of grant opportunities and dedicated funds to help all schools and school districts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania implement best practices related to safety and security, thus allowing districts to focus spending our budgets on providing comprehensive and rigorous academic programming.”

More information about the School Safety and Security Committee, including school safety assessment criteria and an online registry of individuals qualified to perform those assessments can be found on PCCD's School Safety and Security website.