Allegheny County, PA – October 18, 2019 – Today, Senator Pam Iovino (D-37) announced the award of $427,310 in Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) grant funding in the 37th Senatorial District. The grants have been awarded to Baldwin-Whitehall, Chartiers Valley, Quaker Valley, Upper St. Clair, West Allegheny, and West Jefferson Hills School Districts, as well as the Mt. Lebanon Public Library.

“I am pleased to announce that seven education institutions in the 37th Senatorial District applied for and were awarded competitive grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education,” said Senator Pam Iovino. “Investments in our schools and our children are an investment in our future.”

School Safety Grants

PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of Safe Schools Targeted Grants: program grants to prevent and reduce violent incidents, equipment grants to purchase safety and security-related equipment, School Police Officer (SPO) grants, and School Resource Officer (SRO) grants to provide for staff training and compensation. Each of the grants aims to assist schools in reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety, and learning.

The 37th District’s Safe Schools Targeted Grant awards, totaling $212,145.56, are as follows:

  • Baldwin-Whitehall School District – $24,800 (Equipment) and $40,000 (SPO)
  • Chartiers Valley School District –  $40,000 (SPO)
  • Quaker Valley School District – $24,366 (Equipment)
  • Upper St. Clair School District – $24,720 (Equipment) and $18,300 (Prevention Programs)
  • West Allegheny School District – $19,959.56 (Equipment)
  • West Jefferson Hills School District – $20,000 (Prevention Programs)

Library Facility Grant

The Mt. Lebanon Public Library is receiving $215,164.06 in Keystone Grant funding for facility improvements and security access-controlled doors.

PDE’s Keystone Grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.  Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar.