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20 More School Districts Receive Safety Grants

By John Forester | June 14, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

Attorney General Brad Schimel yesterday announced 20 school districts across the state are getting nearly $1.4 million in new school safety grant funding.

The news comes after Schimel earlier this month announced the state’s first recipient of a grant: Kenosha Unified School District, which is getting nearly $890,000 for building safety improvements and training.

The 20 newly announced districts are planning to use the grant funding for building improvements such as updated surveillance, camera and telephone/PA systems; improving district-wide notification systems; training a new safety coordinator; and reconfiguring an entryway by securing the door system, among other things.

The following districts received grants today: Barneveld School District, $38,949; Benton School District, $57,975; Big Foot Unified High School District, $13,975; Bristol #1 School District, $22,925; Crivitz School District, $20,000; Kettle Moraine School District, $190,395; Kewaskum School District, $106,347; La Farge School District, $53,352; Luck School District, $39,516; Mauston School District, $188,275; Prentice School District, $81,272; Randall J1 School District, $21,935; River Ridge School District, $55,000; Rock County Christian School, $39,951; St. Joseph School; $20,750; Stevens Point Area Public School District, $279,827; Trinity Evangelical Lutheran School, $18,334; Union Grove J1 School District, $19,872; Wautoma Area School District, $84,435; and Williams Bay School District, $28,960.

The grants were awarded under the newly created Office of School Safety. Under the $100 million grant system, there are two different categories schools can apply for: Primary School Safety Grants, for baseline improvements to schools such as door locks; and Advanced School Safety Grants, for schools that have already met minimum security thresholds.

Schools had until June 8 to submit their grant applications.

See the DOJ news release here.

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