Longietti: Nearly $38,000 in school safety grants to Mercer County schools

HERMITAGE, Nov. 16 – Grant funding of $37,847 will help several Mercer County schools obtain needed security equipment, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti said the funding awarded under the competitive 2020-21 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program includes a $15,246 grant to West Middlesex Area School District and a $22,601 grant to St. Michael School.

“Mercer County is fortunate to have incredibly dedicated school officials who assess security and pinpoint needs while developing tailored safety plans,” Longietti said. “Officials at West Middlesex Area School District and St. Michael School have determined that additional security-related equipment is needed to complement existing safety measures.

“The funding awarded today will provide the resources to move forward with those plans, help ease the burden on taxpayers, and bring peace of mind so teachers can focus on educating and inspiring, and students can feel secure to learn and thrive.”

The grants, awarded by the state Department of Education, are part of a package of more than $9 million awarded statewide. The PDE’s Office for Safe Schools 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.

More information on the specific awardees and amounts is available here.