The funds will be used for mental health improvements and security.

Malagari awards more than $700K in grants to North Penn, Souderton school districts

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State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, presented North Penn and Souderton Area school districts with a total of $785,057 in grants to go toward safety and security improvements.

North Penn received a check for $305,659 for security enhancements on school property.

"Ensuring that students, teachers, and staff feel secure in our schools is not just a privilege but a fundamental necessity for effective teaching and learning,” Malagari said. “With this funding, Pennsylvania is making significant strides toward creating safe, nurturing, and inclusive environments where education can thrive free from the distractions and anxieties posed by safety concerns."

The funds will be used to purchase new cameras, security equipment, and mental health support systems.

“The mission to promote physical security in a supportive and nurturing environment is forever evolving, and North Penn School District is incredibly grateful for the contribution to this effort,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Bauer in a press release.

Over in Souderton, Malagari presented them recently with a check for $479,398, which will be used for safety, security and mental health support improvements.

    Office of State Rep. Steve Malagari   

The grant will enhance physical security by updating camera systems, hiring a fourth police officer, and funding a team of dedicated mental health staffers.

"Kids should feel safe at school so they can concentrate on learning,” Malagari said. “This new funding will ensure Souderton Area School District has the security resources needed to keep students and staff safe, along with the necessary support for students facing mental health issues. Given today's realities, I'm always ready to vote yes to fund these essential programs."

“The administration is honored to be able to receive this funding to be able to keep our children safe and support their mental health,” Superintendent Dr. Frank Gallagher said. “We appreciate the support of local legislators in helping to get this grant.”

Funds will advance the School Safety and Security Committee’s goal of ensuring that all Pennsylvania students can learn in safe, healthy school environments by helping school entities address basic safety needs and mental health services identified in the committee’s recently adopted Revised Baseline Criteria Standards.


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Thursday, July 25, 2024




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