CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - School safety is on the minds of parents, students and educators across the country on the eve of the 1999-2000 school year following an unprecedented season of violence.
Franklin County is no exception.
The Tuscarora School district won't let high school students bring their knapsacks to class starting this year. The Chambersburg Area School District has a security guard walking the halls and grounds of Chambersburg Area Senior High School. On Sunday, parents and students in three Franklin County municipalities asked God to protect their schools at prayer.
School starts Monday in Franklin County.
The five Franklin County school districts have formed a consortium to seek a $150,000 state grant to buy hardware and set up safe school programs, said Lynda Cook, assistant principal for pupil Services in the Chambersburg Area School District and author of the grant application.
The $150,000, part of a $22 million appropriation by Gov. Tom Ridge to finance a statewide safe schools effort, would be divided equally into three areas in Franklin County, Cook said.