(Athens, PA) – A Safe Schools Targeted Grant of $65,790 has been awarded to the Athens Area School District for a school resource officer, according to state House Rep. Tina Pickett, whose district includes Bradford County.
These grants aim to assist schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting greater productivity, safety and learning, as well as enhancing anti-violence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.
Athens was among 303 local education entities statewide that shared in $8 million to increase school safety by purchasing equipment, enacting new programs, and hiring security personnel and school resource officers.
The Safe Schools Targeted Grant Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and funded by the General Assembly in the 2021-22 state budget. More than $40 million in grant funding has been awarded to schools statewide since 2015.