Harrisburg, PA – October 6, 2022 – Senator Boscola announced that $5.46M in School Safety & Security Grant and School Mental Health Grant dollars were awarded to Local Educational Agencies in the Lehigh Valley.

“It is so important that we invest in the safety of our children, both with security and mental health services. This is over five-million-dollars in direct invest for our area schools. I am so proud we could make this happen” Boscola said. 

The following schools and educational agencies in the current and newly drawn 18th Senatorial District were awarded funds:

Local Education Agency (LEA) County School Safety & Security Grant Award School Mental Health Grant Award Total Combined Award 2022-23
Catasauqua Area SD Lehigh 124,229 124,229 248,458
East Penn SD Lehigh 228,448 228,448 456,897
Salisbury Township SD Lehigh 125,024 125,024 250,049
Whitehall-Coplay SD Lehigh 168,155 168,155 336,309
Carbon-Lehigh IU 21 Lehigh 70,000 70,000 140,000
Seven Generations CS Lehigh 70,000 70,000 140,000
Bangor Area SD Northampton 145,126 145,126 290,252
Bethlehem Area SD Northampton 327,678 327,678 655,356
Easton Area SD Northampton 235,873 235,873 471,746
Nazareth Area SD Northampton 174,059 174,059 348,119
Northampton Area SD Northampton 184,469 184,469 368,938
Pen Argyl Area SD Northampton 123,529 123,529 247,059
Saucon Valley SD Northampton 131,601 131,601 263,202
Wilson Area SD Northampton 134,822 134,822 269,645
Colonial IU 20 Northampton 70,000 70,000 140,000
Bethlehem AVTS Northampton 70,000 70,000 140,000
Career Institute of Technology Northampton 70,000 70,000 140,000
Easton Arts Academy Elementary CS Northampton 70,000 70,000 140,000
Lehigh Valley Academy Regional CS Northampton 70,000 70,000 140,000
Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Northampton 70,000 70,000 140,000
Lehigh Valley Dual Language CS Northampton 70,000 70,000 140,000

The program was made possible by Act 44 of 2018, co-sponsored by Senator Boscola, which established the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). Per Act 44, school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitation institutions were eligible to apply up to a maximum of $6 million to support one or more activities allowed by the statute. Activities and items allowed include performing school safety assessments; purchasing security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education.

Boscola said “This program has been successful in helping our schools upgrade their physical security and it was important that we spearhead that mission by also dedicating funds to mental health services for students as well. Thankfully were able to make significant investments in that this budget cycle”.

Senator Boscola supported enhanced funding for the program in this year’s budget, through Act 55 of 2022. The Act allocated a total of $190 million towards the programs: $95M for School Safety & Security Grants, and $95M for School Mental Health Grants. The updates to the law expanded the scope to allow eligible entities to apply for funds to address mental health initiatives in addition to physical security enhancements.

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