The Wilkinsburg School District is pleased to announce the receipt of a sizable School Safety Grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the School Safety and Security Committee. A total of $53.7 million in grants was announced on Wednesday, with Wilkinsburg being awarded $478,287.
“We are extremely pleased to have received the third-largest grant of all the schools in Allegheny County that applied under this program,” said Superintendent Dr. Linda Iverson. “This funding will allow us to significantly improve the safety and security of our buildings, which remains a top priority of the School Board and Administration.”
District administration submitted a list of 10 areas in which it plans to use the grant money as part of its application to the committee. Of the items listed, Dr. Iverson noted the District will focus on security planning and purchase of security-related technology such as video surveillance cameras, and the institution of student, staff and visitor identification systems, the main focus.
Additionally, the District is able to use some of the funding received for:
- Classroom management;
- Thorough, District-wide school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazards plans;
- Student discipline management system;
- Staff training for positive behavior supports, de-escalation techniques and appropriate response to student behavior;
- Training and other costs associated with school resource and school police officers; and
- Trauma-informed approaches to education.
School districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools, approved private schools, chartered schools for the education of the deaf or blind and private residential rehabilitative institutions are eligible to apply for funding through the School Safety and Security grant. Grant applications were required to include requests to cover the performance of school safety assessments; the purchasing of security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officer, school counselors, social workers and schools psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education.