Chester County Democratic Reps applaud $2.1 million awarded in school safety grants county-wide

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Kristine Howard, Dan Williams, Melissa Shusterman and Danielle Friel-Otten announced that 13 school districts throughout the county received $2.1 million in grant funding to enhance school safety and security.

Awardees in Chester County received the following:

  • Avon Grove School District: $45,000
  • Chester County Intermediate Unit 24: $256,693
  • Coatesville Area School District: $45,000
  • Downingtown Area School District: $45,000
  • Great Valley School District: $244,660
  • Kennett Consolidated School District: $45,000
  • Owen J. Roberts School District: $343,588
  • Phoenixville Area School District: $495,000
  • Royer-Greaves School for the Blind: $26,133
  • Tredyffrin-Easttown School District: $480,065
  • Unionville-Chadds Ford School District: $45,000
  • West Chester Area School District: $45,000

“I am thankful for these funds that will go directly to support and protect Chester County students. It is our duty to make sure we are creating a safe and healthy school environment for our students to prosper,” Comitta said.

“As a former child welfare investigator, ensuring the safety of our community’s children has always been a top priority of mine. A safe learning environment is a productive learning environment, and I thank the Wolf administration for prioritizing our commonwealth’s students, their safety and ultimately their success,” Howard said.

“Schools should always be a safe space for students to learn and grow. By addressing issues at the ground level through behavioral health and support services, in addition to greater cooperation between schools, communities, and law enforcement agencies, our children will always be able to thrive,” Williams said. “My thanks to the Commission on Crime & Delinquency for these grants to my district.”

“The safety of our children is a paramount issue. I am pleased by the PCCD’s decision to approve $53.7 million in safety grants for schools and look forward to seeing continuing efforts to curb community violence across the state,” Shusterman said.

Students cannot succeed inside the classroom if they do not feel safe,” Otten said. “Thanks to data from Pennsylvania’s statewide Safe2Say tipline, we know that students’ concerns about emotional and mental health issues like bullying, self-harming behaviors, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety far outweighed student reports about threats of school violence. I’m extremely grateful that these funds can be used not only for increased building security, but also for increasing access to trauma-informed support services and behavioral health care, as well as hiring school counselors, psychologists, and social workers.”

More information on PCCD’s school safety and security grants and a complete list of grant recipients is available at this website: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/AboutUs/Pages/Press%20Releases/School-Safety-and-Security-Committee-Approves-Over-$60-Million-in-School-Safety-Grants.aspx