Allegheny County schools awarded $569,900 to hire school resource officers
The state will put $569,900 toward salaries for school resource officers in Allegheny County as part of a statewide $3.9 million grant program to fund the positions for at least two years.
Schools will get as much as $60,000 for a resource officer and as much as $40,000 for a school police officer.
“Students who feel safe while in school are able to focus on learning, which impacts their academic growth,” said Gov. Tom Corbett, who announced the grants Friday.
Recipients in Allegheny County include Bethel Park, Chartiers Valley, Elizabeth Forward, Northgate, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair, Gateway, McKeesport Area, Penn Hills, West Jefferson Hills, Shaler Area and South Allegheny school districts; Community Day School; and Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh.
Schools in Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland counties took home $780,383.
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.
Grantees are required to fund the positions for at least two years and will be eligible to receive 50 percent of their 2014-15 grant award during the 2015-16 school year.
Of the 114 awards, 39 are new applicants and 75 are continuation grants for schools and municipalities that received money during the 2013-14 school year.
Megan Harris is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-388-5815 or email@example.com.