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Tomlinson Announces New School Safety and Security Grants

HARRISBURG – Seven local school districts were awarded state grants to help improve student safety through a new program supported by Senator Robert M. Tomlinson.

The School Safety and Security Grant Program created by lawmakers earlier this year provides grants to school districts for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.

Eligible uses for the grants include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students.

In this first stage of funding, the school districts of Bensalem Township, Bristol Borough, Bristol Township, Centennial, Central Bucks, Council Rock and Neshaminy all received $25,000 grants.

“Our school districts and local law enforcement work very hard to keep schools safe for our students and staff. They have been innovative and proactive in addressing both security and mental health needs,” said Tomlinson. “We must continue to support them in these efforts with ongoing engagement and funding opportunities such as this.”

The new program was created as part of a comprehensive school safety bill that was signed into law in June. More than $60 million in new funding was dedicated in the current year’s budget to improve school safety, the Senator said.

More information on school safety measures under consideration in the General Assembly is available online at https://www.pasenategop.com/school-safety/.

CONTACT: Jennifer Smeltz (717) 787-5072

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Tomlinson Announces $500,000 in Grants for Local Organizations

Harrisburg – State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-6) today announced the awarding of $500,000 in state grants to support a wide array of local organizations.

The 10 grants of $50,000 each are funded through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

“It’s important that state tax dollars paid by local residents return to our communities to support worthy organizations,” said Tomlinson.

Two of the grants are being awarded to fire companies, Levittown Fire Company #2 and Edgely Fire Company.

Other grant recipients are:

  • Lower Bucks County Athletic Association for field conversions.
  • Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) for building expansion.
  • Miracle League of Northampton Township for a playground equipment.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund of Pennsylvania for a Vietnam Veterans memorial.
  • Warwick Township Memorial Park for safety equipment and landscaping.
  • Pennsbury Manor for education programs.
  • Wrightstown Township Public Works Building for a generator and capital improvements.
  • Langhorne Community Memorial Association for historical renovations to the Richardson House.

“I am pleased to have secured these grants, which will help pay for projects important to communities across the Sixth Senatorial District,” said Tomlinson. “Renovations, expansions and other capital improvements come with a big price tag, and it’s important for the state to assist organizations that do so much for our communities.”

Contact: Jennifer Smeltz jmsmeltz@pasen.gov (717) 787-5072

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Tomlinson Legislation Signed Into Law Allowing Security Matters to be Discussed in Executive Session

Legislation permitting local school districts and municipalities to discuss security matters in executive session, sponsored by Senator Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks) was signed into law by Governor Wolf yesterday.

Tomlinson said Senate Bill 1078, now Act 156 balances common sense concerns about protecting sensitive discussions and documents involving security with the public’s “right to know.”

He said school shootings and other incidents have prompted school districts and municipalities in Pennsylvania to re-examine, update and strengthen their security plans to better protect students and citizens, including identifying potential weaknesses in their current plans.  However, if made public, this information could compromise safety efforts and put students and others at risk.

“While transparency is important at all levels of government, it makes no sense to give someone who intends to commit an act of violence against our schools or our local communities access to the plans being adopted to prevent such an incident,” Tomlinson said. “Schools and other community entities should be able to work closely with local and state law enforcement to develop comprehensive safety plans without compromising safety and putting everyone at risk.”

More than half of the states currently have measures in place which allow for security and safety matters to be discussed in non-public executive session.

“This measure balances openness and transparency with our desire to safeguard our children and our neighbors,” Tomlinson said.  “This sensible approach will help our school districts, local governments and first responders as they continue to enhance and improve safety plans and procedures in an effort to keep our communities safe.”

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