Published on March 16, 2022 at 2:45 p.m.
A Targeted Safe Schools Grant will cover the salaries of two Lehighton-area school district police officers, its administration announced at a workshop Monday night.
Acting Superintendent Jack Corby said “the two-year grant agreement is split between $39,960, which can be used for expenses incurred from July 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022, and $19,980, which can be used for expenses incurred from July. from June 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
Lehighton first hired two police officers to cover his district in 2018. He also used grant money at the time to make the first hires of Ronald Kazakavage and Peter Salerno.
Kazakavage resigned from his position effective November 18, and the district hired John Orsulak on February 28 at $27.50 an hour for an average of 25 hours per week as a replacement.
A total of nearly $170,000 in Safe Schools Grants has been awarded to three school districts in the 122nd Legislative District, State Rep. Doyle Heffley said earlier this year.
Other recipients include Jim Thorpe, which received $24,999 for safety equipment, and Weatherly, which received $24,999 for safety equipment and $60,000 for school policing over two years.
The three districts were among 303 local education entities statewide that shared $8 million to make schools safer by purchasing equipment, adopting new programs and hiring security personnel and resource officers. school.