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Another grant to fund Armstrong schools officer

Armstrong School District recieved a $20,000 grant from the state Friday to maintain its school resource officer next year.

The grant is in addition to one for $40,000 received from the state Department of Education in February to help provide a “non-statutory” police officer to handle security at all district schools.

The state has committed $3.9 million in grants to fund school resource officer positions for at least two years statewide.

Under requirements of the law signed last year, priority for funding goes to schools and municipalities that employ officers with training related to interaction with children and adolescents in a school setting.

“Students who feel safe while in school are able to focus on learning, which impacts their academic growth,” said Gov. Tom Corbett in announcing the grants Friday.


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