WEST CHESTER (October 17, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that seven nonpublic schools in Chester County received more than $140,000 in state grant funding to purchase security-related equipment and fund safety programs.

“Keeping both our public and nonpublic schools and students safe is the primary duty of government,” Dinniman, who serves as the Minority Chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “These grants will fund important upgrades that enhance school security and support programs that help prevent violence before it occurs.”

Grants are awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. 

The grants, which come through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Safe School Targeted Grant Program, are as follows:

  • Bishop Shanahan High School: $23,047
  • Church Farm School: $25,000
  • Goshen Friends School: $7,819
  • Maximillian Kolbe School: $20,186
  • Norbert School: $21,179
  • Upland Country Day School: $24,959
  • YSC Academy: $23,659.00

The Chester County grants come as a part of the total $3.2 million being awarded to nonpublic schools, in accordance with Act 18 of 2019, which Dinniman supported. The funds go directly to equipment and program funding.