Matzie: Aliquippa, Quaker Valley school districts to receive nearly $50,000 for security equipment

HARRISBURG, May 20 – Grants totaling $49,714 will boost school safety for two school districts in Pennsylvania’s 16th Legislative District by funding the purchase of security-related equipment, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said the funding from the state Department of Education – which includes $24,722 to Quaker Valley School District and $24,992 to Aliquippa School District – will allow the districts to expand existing security measures. 

“Our schools are safest when they employ a variety of different security measures, and to that end, our districts have carefully analyzed what combination of programs, personnel and equipment best meets their specific needs,” Matzie said. “The funding announced today will complement existing safety resources by permitting schools to equip buildings with emergency communications devices, electronic locksets and other security-related technology they’ve determined is needed.

“I’m delighted that we were successful in obtaining this funding, which will allow our districts to continue implementing their plans to ensure our students and school employees enjoy the safest environment possible.”

Matzie said the funding – part of a statewide package of competitive Safe Schools Targeted grants of up to $25,000 – may be used to purchase student, staff and visitor identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance and emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets, deadbolts and theft control devices; and training for the use of security-related technology.

The funding announced today is in addition to more than $47 million in competitive Safe Schools Targeted grants announced earlier this month.