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Schimel: Two-Thirds of Districts Have Expressed Interest in Safety Grants

By John Forester | April 13, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

AG Brad Schimel says some two-thirds of school districts across the state have already expressed interest in applying for grant funding under the newly created Office of School Safety. 

While the office isn’t yet formally accepting applications, school districts since the end of March have been able to pen letters of interest to the Department of Justice about the projects they’re looking to implement and the estimated cost.

The office was created under a school safety bill Gov. Scott Walker signed into law last month. It’s in charge of administering a $100 million grant program that schools can apply for to make their buildings more secure.

Schimel said the DOJ is planning to announce the parameters of the grant next week, adding he expects every district in the state to apply.

“We’re envisioning a two-tier system that will start by making sure every school in the state is up to some basic minimal safety standards and then beyond that we’re encouraging some innovation,” he said.

He also noted he’s planning to hire a permanent director for the office in the next couple of weeks. Applications for the position were due April 8. It’s currently being filled by Interim Director Glenn Rehberg, a senior training officer and chair of the Tactical Skills, Scenario, and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care advisory committees in the DOJ’s Training and Standards Bureau.

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