Burns: $168,828 in state grants to fund local school safety programs

Funding made possible by law supported by Burns

EBENSBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Frank Burns’ unwavering support for schools is again paying dividends as the lawmaker announced today Cambria County schools will receive more than $168,000 in state grants to fund school safety programs, thanks to a state law he helped to pass.

“Since taking office, I’ve always pushed to make sure our schools are safe environments for our children,” Burns said. “Whether that is providing safety equipment, promoting anti-bullying efforts or supporting our first responders and police officers, I want to make sure school is always a place that kids – and their parents – feel safe.”

Grants awarded locally included:

  • Greater Johnstown SD: $105,000 for a School Resource Officer, programs and equipment.
  • All Saints Catholic School (Cresson): $13,828.50 for equipment.
  • Holy Name School (Ebensburg): $25,000 for equipment.
  • Saint Benedict Catholic School (Carrolltown): $25,000 for equipment.

These grants were made through PDE’s Office for Safe Schools program. The Safe Schools program offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer (SPO) grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Officer (SRO) grants of up to $60,000.