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ELSD awarded safety grant

By Staff | Oct 30, 2019

HUGHESVILLE–The East Lycoming School District was recently awarded nearly $25,000 in grant money.

District officials from East Lycoming Area School District beneficiary of the Safe Schools grant, said they plan to purchase vaping detectors.

“There was approximately $60 million that was allocated for school safety programs across the state,” said Nick Troutman, communication director for state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township. “That’s a pretty substantial investment in school safety that will continue funding for the foreseeable future.”

The grants can also be used for counseling programs or mental health services, he added.

Yaw, in a press release, said protecting schools is “paramount.”

“No parent, teacher or student should have to worry if they are going to get home safely from school each day,” he said.

After special door locks and video cameras were installed a number of years ago in East Lycoming schools, Michael Pawlik, superintendent, said vaping has become another national health concern.

The district plans to use their $24,875 grant to address those concerns.

“The number of young adults that are vaping is something that’s concerning for everyone,” he said. “We just want to do everything in our power to not have it occur on campus and help kids not do it.”

There are many health consequences to vaping at a younger age, he said.

In the future, Pawlik said the district is seeking to expand surveillance.

“We’re always looking at what’s the next step to keep our buildings secure, from electronic locks to visitor identification systems, communication systems. It’s an ongoing process,” he said.