Sainato: Lawrence County schools awarded more than $167K in safety grants

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 21 – More than $167,200 in grant funding will boost safety at Lawrence County schools, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today.

Sainato said the funding – administered by the state Department of Education under the competitive 2021-22 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program – will pay for security equipment and personnel at schools in the New Castle, Mohawk, and Shenango area school districts and the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center.

“Our schools must be safe havens where students can feel confident to learn and thrive, free from worry or distraction, and staff can focus on teaching and supporting students,” Sainato said. “The grants awarded today will help our area schools maintain that kind of secure, productive environment.”

Sainato said the grants include the following:

  • New Castle Area School District: $60,000 for a school resource officer and $23,824 for security equipment.
  • Mohawk Area School District: $19,892 for security equipment.
  • Shenango Area School District: $40,000 for a police officer.
  • Lawrence County Career and Technical Center: $23,510 for security equipment.

The grants are part of a package of $8 million in competitive grants awarded statewide. More information on the specific awardees and amounts is available here.