Regan Announces $2.7 Million in Safety Grants for Local Schools

HARRISBURG – Sen. Mike Regan (R-31) today announced $2.7 million in school safety grants have been awarded for schools in the 31st Senate District covering parts of Cumberland and York counties.

“These dollars will help protect Pennsylvania students against the safety threats we read about in the newspaper and see on the nightly news,” Regan said. “Our schools must have the personnel and equipment necessary to ensure the safety of Pennsylvania students.”

The funding was approved through Pennsylvania’s School Safety and Security Grant Program, which allocated more than $150 million in School Safety Grants for schools across the commonwealth.

Regan has been a strong advocate for state funding for school safety initiatives. He pushed for school safety funding in the 2018-19 state budget, which culminated in the creation of the School Safety and Security Grant Program. The program initially provided more than $50 million for school safety initiatives.

Regan introduced the following year legislation that was approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by the governor strengthening the original school safety law. His provisions enabled schools to have armed school security guards and allowed sheriffs and deputy sheriffs to serve as school resource officers.

In addition to reforms to the law, Regan also pushed for more dollars to support the program. He voiced concern in February when Gov. Josh Shapiro proposed cutting funding for the program by $50 million.

“It’s important for Pennsylvania to continue building on the historic investments it is making to protect our students,” Regan said. “Safe schools aren’t a luxury; they are a necessity. Students need and deserve a safe learning environment.”

Full lists for all public school grant awards and for all nonpublic school grant awards are available online.

Pennsylvania’s School Safety and Security Grant Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

More information about Regan is available by visiting his website at 

MEDIA CONTACT: Bruce McLanahan

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