Port Allegany, and other McKean county school districts, as well as all Potter County school districts, were awarded more than $830,000 in School Safety and Security grants, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced on Feb. 26.

The grants are awarded by the School Safety and Security Committee, within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency as follows:

McKean County

Port Allegany School District $30,000 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology.

Bradford Area School District – $448,833 for school-wide positive behavior support; security planning and the purchase of security-related technology; and staff training programs.

Kane Area School District – $30,000 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology.

Otto-Eldred School District – $30,000 for safety and security assessments, and security planning and the purchase of security-related technology.

Smethport Area School District – $30,000 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology.

Potter County

Austin Area School District – $30,000 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology.

Coudersport Area School District – $30,000 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology.

Galeton Area School District – $30,000 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology, and the institution of student, staff and visitor identification systems.

Northern Potter School District – $30,000 for safety and security assessments, and security planning and the purchase of security-related technology.

Oswayo Valley School District – $30,000 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology, and the institution of student, staff and visitor identification systems.

Keystone Central School District. though in Clinton County, serves a portion of Potter County. Keystone was awarded $45,000 for security planning and the purchase of security-related technology, and the institution of student, staff and visitor identification systems.

The funding was part of more than $53 million in grants awarded to more than 500 school districts, vocational schools, charter schools and intermediate units across the state. The 17-member committee charged with awarding the grants was created as part of a comprehensive school safety and security law passed in 2018.

Meritorious grants were awarded to each school district that applied, and the grant amount is based on the district’s average daily attendance. Additional grant funding was awarded by the committee on a competitive basis.

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