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Schimel Wants Every School That Applies to Receive School Safety Grant

By John Forester | April 26, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

Attorney General Brad Schimel yesterday said he would like to see every school that applies for a grant under a new $100 million program receive some state assistance to improve safety measures.

Still, he acknowledged with some 3,100 public and private schools in Wisconsin, there will be limited resources. He noted if every school received an equal grant, it would work out to an average of $31,000.

“We know that we’re going to come short of money,” Schimel said at a news conference at St. Dennis Catholic School on Madison’s east side.

The awards will be split into two categories: primary grants for baseline improvements to schools such as door locks; and advanced grants for schools that have already met minimum security thresholds.

Schimel said the goal is for every Wisconsin school building to have a single, locked entry point that includes shatterproof glass. He expects about a third of the money to go toward those costs.

The advanced grants could be used for improvements such as video intercoms and exit door alarms. The money can’t be used to hire new staff or cover weapons, vehicles or body armor.

The applications are due June 8, and Schimel said the Department of Justice received one last night just hours after the agency began accepting them. He hoped to have the awards finalized by mid-June, expecting few schools would wait until the deadline to submit their applications.

To qualify for the money, all full-time teachers, aides, counselors and administrators will have to have at least three hours training in Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care/Trauma Sensitive Schools before the end of the 2018-19 school year or show staff have already received such training.

While DOJ will notify schools of the awards this summer, schools will not see the payment until after the projects are completed. Schimel said those who fail to meet the training requirement will not be reimbursed for the safety measures.

Schools also will have to partner with law enforcement agencies to ensure their plans will be effective.

“We owe our children and communities the promise of safe school environments.

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