Davis: $635,000 in school safety grants coming to Mon Valley

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – More than a half million dollars in state funding has been awarded to Mon Valley school districts, with the majority of it headed to South Allegheny School District to support and implement school safety initiatives, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny.

Davis said the district will use the grant money to fund the training initiatives and the salary of a social worker, as well as to purchase tactical vests, metal detectors, surveillance systems, and window film.

“Keeping children safe at school is a priority. We send children to school to learn -- both parents and children need to know that schools are a safe place. The grant awarded today will assist South Allegheny School District and others in furthering their ongoing safety efforts.” 

In addition to the $455,000 to South Allegheny, other school safety and security grants include:

  • $45,000 to McKeesport Area School District
  • $40,000 to West Mifflin Area School District
  • $35,000 to Steel Valley School District
  • $30,000 to Clairton City School District
  • $30,000 to Duquesne City School District

The funds are provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018, and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments.