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Over $39 Million Granted for Enhancing School Safety and Wellness in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced a grant of over $39 million to 36 educational institutions in 21 counties. This funding, allocated through the federal Bipartisan Safer Communities Act’s Stronger Connections Grant, aims to enhance the safety, health, and inclusiveness of learning environments in public elementary and secondary schools. It also focuses on addressing issues related to bullying, violence, and hate within school communities.

The grant targets high-need local education agencies, identified by criteria such as high poverty rates, insufficient mental health supports, prevalent violence or traumatic incidents, and high rates of school exclusion. This initiative aligns with Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 budget proposal, which plans for significant investments in education, including increases in basic education funding, school repairs, mental health support, special education, school safety, and educator workforce development. Details on the grant recipients are listed below.

Grant Awardees

Ambridge Area SDBeaver$583,370.00
Bensalem Township SDBucks$1,833,360.00
Butler Area SDButler$1,382,353.00
Chambersburg Area SDFranklin$1,815,026.00
Chester-Upland SDDelaware$1,833,360.00
Frederick Douglass Mastery CSPhiladelphia$550,008.00
Greater Johnstown SDCambria$1,804,026.00
Greater Nanticoke Area SDLuzerne$426,211.00
Harrisburg City SDDauphin$1,833,360.00
Hazleton Area SDLuzerne$1,833,360.00
Imhotep Institute CHSPhiladelphia$366,672.00
La Academia Partnership CSLancaster$201,848.00
Lancaster SDLancaster$1,833,360.00
Mastery CHS-Lenfest CampusPhiladelphia$366,672.00
Mastery CS-Gratz CampusPhiladelphia$1,100,016.00
Mastery CS-Pickett CampusPhiladelphia$550,008.00
Mastery CS-Shoemaker CampusPhiladelphia$550,008.00
Norristown Area SDMontgomery$1,833,360.00
Northern Tioga SDTioga$1,100,016.00
Pan American Academy CSPhiladelphia$550,008.00
Philadelphia City SDPhiladelphia$1,833,360.00
Pottstown SDMontgomery$1,057,482.00
Pottsville Area SDSchuylkill$996,189.00
Reading SDBerks$1,833,360.00
Red Lion Area SDYork$1,100,016.00
Shamokin Area SDNorthumberland$995,322.00
Sharon City SDMercer$1,048,682.00
Southeast Delco SDDelaware$1,026,682.00
Southmoreland SDWestmoreland$550,008.00
Sto-Rox SDAllegheny$1,100,016.00
Trinity Area SDWashington$660,010.00
Union SDClarion$330,005.00
West Mifflin Area SDAllegheny$916,680.00
William Penn SDDelaware$1,833,360.00
Wyoming Area SDLuzerne$646,076.00
Wyoming Valley West SDLuzerne$1,393,354.00​

Patricia M Campbell 1932-2024

Pat graduated from Fannett Township High School in 1950 and received her BA in Education from, known then as, Shippensburg State Teachers College. .

James Patrick McNally III 1947-2024

James was known for his dedication and excellence in his professional career, where he made lasting contributions and built strong relationships with his colleagues.

Brenda Jackson Liu 1945-2024

Upon retirement, Brenda worked as a part-time nurse at the Migrant Health in Gettysburg. During this time she traveled to migrant camps all over Pennsylvania.

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