WEST CHESTER (January 27) – State Senator Andy Dinniman has announced that four Chester County school districts are among the 81 recipients of $3.9 million in state funding to assist in the placement of school resource and school police officers.

The four Chester County districts will together receive more than $179,000. The grants provide funding for programs to improve safety and security in schools.

“Students must feel secure if they areMP900439571 to learn; you can’t have one without the other,” Dinniman said. “These funds will provide our teachers, principals, parents and students additional peace of mind so our schools can focus on what they do best – preparing our children for success.”

The following school districts in Chester County will receive School Safety grants this school year:

Eligible schools and municipalities could apply for up to $60,000 for a school resource officer and up to $40,000 for a school police officer. Recipients must fund the officer’s position for at least two years. Pending available funding, the recipients will be eligible for 50 percent of this year’s award in the 2014-15 school year without reapplying.

This grant program was made possible through Act 70 of 2013, which expanded and enhanced Pennsylvania’s already existing Safe Schools Grant program. More grants will be announced once Pennsylvania’s Office of Safe Schools completes reviewing the applications for its Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grants.

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s Office at 610-692-2112.