Sainato: $105,000 in grants awarded to bolster school safety

HERMITAGE, Nov. 16 – Grant funding totaling $105,000 to New Castle Area School District and Holy Spirit Academy will ensure area school officials have the resources they need to keep students and staff safe, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today.

Sainato said the funding – administered by the state Department of Education under the competitive 2020-21 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program – will fund a range of resources that best suit each school’s specific needs. 

“When it comes to our schools, student and staff safety is priority No. 1,” said Sainato. “Even as we work to ensure a safe, sanitary environment that protects students and staff from COVID, we can’t let down our guard when it comes to basic school security. The funding announced today is going to allow school officials to move forward with comprehensive plans that draw on programs, equipment and personnel to ensure our schools remain places of peace, productivity and learning.”

Sainato said the grants include the following:

  • New Castle Area School District: $60,000 for a school resource officer and $20,000 for school safety programs.
  • Holy Spirit Academy: $25,000 for security equipment.

The grants are part of a package of more than $9 million to more than 150 school districts 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 grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Officer grants of up to $60,000.

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