Center School Awarded Safe Schools Grant from Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Mindy Wawrzyniak, Center School's Head of School, monitors the buses and students during dismissal.
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Center School in Abington serves students with learning disabilities from 14 different school districts across four counties. It strives to achieve safety in all endeavors, for all who enter its building. This is Center School’s primary focus as research has shown that if students are in a safe and secure environment, they are more likely to achieve academic success.

This was the impetus for Center School to apply for the targeted safety grants distributed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools. With the support of State Reps. Nancy Guenst and Ben Sanchez, Center School was awarded $17,666.25 to further enhance the safety and security measures within its building.

Center School will use the grant to install two robust safety systems: a keyless access system and a visitor management system. The former will eliminate the need for traditional keys and provide an alarm system if a door is left open. The latter will allow the school to vet and screen all visitors more thoroughly through a secure portal.

“Center School is appreciative of the Department of Education’s support,” said Head of School Mindy Wawrzyniak. “We’d like to thank State Reps. Guenst and Sanchez for their commitment to the safety and well-being of the Center School community, as well as their commitment to the safety of the entire community.”

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