Norristown School District Gets State Public Safety Grant

The state Department of Education awarded almost $500,000 in grants to 37 public schools and districts, including Norristown.

On Friday, Dec. 14, the same day a gunman perpetrated one of the , the Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded $479,513 in grants for programs to prevent incidents of violence in our schools. 

According to The Patriot News, 37 districts and schools across the state received money (out of the 97 that applied for the up to $15,000 grants), including Norristown Area School District. NASD reportedly received $14,265.

"Ensuring the safety of Pennsylvania’s students is of the utmost importance,said Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis wrote in a news release issued on Friday. "Students, parents and teachers expect schools to be a safe environment in which to learn. These funds will provide the necessary resources for schools to put programs into place that will enhance safety in our schools."

The full list of grant recipients is below:

Editor's Note: Below is the list of schools that have been awarded a grant, the county and the amount of the one-year grant.

  • Abington School District, Montgomery County, $15,000
  • Aliquippa School District, Beaver County, $15,000
  • Coatesville Area School District, Chester County, $10,374
  • Crispus Attucks Youthbuild Charter School, York County, $14,520
  • Dover Area School District, York County, $14,550
  • Downingtown Area School District, Chester County, $13,460
  • Ellwood City Area School District, Lawrence County, $11,250
  • Everett Area School District, Bedford County, $15,000
  • Fort Cherry School District, Washington County, $14,658
  • Intermediate Unit #1, Washington County, $12,000
  • Keystone Central School District, Clinton County, $14,280
  • Keystone Oaks School District, Allegheny County, 13,500
  • Lakeview School District, Mercer County, $14,450
  • Lancaster County Career & Technology Center, Lancaster County, $15,000
  • Laurel School District, Lawrence County, $14,000
  • McKeesport Area School District, Allegheny County, $15,000
  • Moon Area School District, Allegheny County, $9,764
  • Norristown Area School District, Montgomery County, $14,265
  • Northampton Area School District, Northampton County, $15,000
  • Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit #19, Lackawanna County, $15,000
  • Northgate School District, Allegheny County, $14,370
  • Northwest Area School District, Luzerne County, $10,600
  • Ridley School District, Delaware County, $11,209
  • Rockwood Area School District, Somerset County, $14,976
  • Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29, Schuylkill County, $2,000
  • Schuylkill Haven Area School District, Schuylkill County, $6,405
  • Selinsgrove Area School District, Snyder County, $14,950
  • Smethport Area School District, McKean County, $11,000
  • South Eastern School District, York County, $9,483
  • Steelton-Highspire School District, Dauphin County, $15,000
  • Urban Pathways Charter School, Allegheny County, $14,850
  • Warren County School District, Warren County, $7,000
  • Warrior Run Area School District, Northumberland County, $14,734
  • Warwick School District, Lancaster County, $13,965
  • West Middlesex Area School District, Mercer County, $15,000
  • West Shore School District, York County, $12,900
  • Woodland Hills School District, Allegheny County, $15,000

Read more about the grants and the programs they would fund here.

ernie hadrick January 03, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Do you know the criteria for granting the awards? Seems as though districts overall received similar funding, even though community violence (which often spills into schools) is marketedly different in the various districts.


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