Through the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which State Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) supported, $125,000 in grants to help improve school safety were awarded to school districts in the 147th District.

Boyertown Area, Perkiomen Valley, Pottsgrove, Souderton Area and Upper Perkiomen school districts received $25,000 each.

“This funding is in addition to grants that were awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program earlier this month. To preserve the safety of our students, it’s important that we all work together, so I’m pleased to announce another wave of grants,” Toepel said.

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.

Additional funding, which can be used by school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions that are looking for additional support, will be awarded in the future.

The new program was created as part of a comprehensive school safety bill that was signed into law in June. More than $60 million in new funding was dedicated in the current year’s budget to improve school safety.

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