VASD Receives $270,905 for School Safety Grant

VASD Receives $270,905 for School Safety Grant
Posted on 07/28/2018
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AG Schimel Provides Nearly $2 Million in School Safety Grant Funding to 23 School Districts

Jul 25 2018

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel today announced 23 schools and school districts that combined will receive $1,583,821 from the first round of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) School Safety Grant program. Recently, Attorney General Schimel announced plans for a second round of grant funding by utilizing the approximately $45 million in remaining school safety money available. The second round of funding will focus on advanced initiatives to bolster student mental health, the creation of local School Safety Intervention teams, and additional physical security upgrades. K-12 schools, both public and private, are encouraged to apply for the next round of grants, which will be awarded starting in October.

The Verona Area School District plans on spending the largest portion of dollars on shatter-resistant glass in various parts of schools, extensive staff training, front door access monitoring, door access card readers, and additional camera in various locations of schools. 


A list of schools and school districts that were awarded school safety grants on July 25, 2018 is below. More grants will be awarded to schools that applied for the first round of grant funding soon.


In March 2018, the Wisconsin State Legislature and Governor Scott Walker to passed and signed 2017 Wisconsin 143 into law, establishing the DOJ Office of School Safety and providing $100 million for school safety. 735 schools and school districts, 97% of public schools and approximately 40% of private schools statewide, applied for the first round of funds, and all are expected to receive grant funding. Once all first round grant funds are approved, it is estimated that approximately $45 million will remain.


The second round of grant funding, utilizing the remaining $45 million, will advance baseline mental health and physical security improvements made in the first round of grant funding through advanced training for teachers on mental health; the creation of local teams of educators, counselors, and law enforcement to develop School Safety Intervention Teams that will assess threats and identify students in need of support; and additional physical security upgrades. Schools interested in applying for the second round of grant funding must submit a mandatory “intent to apply” to the OSS by August 13, 2018.


Highlights from the school safety grant applications[1] being awarded on July 25, 2018 from the first round of grant funding include such improvements as:

  • Training for all staff on Trauma Informed Care (TIC), Trauma Sensitive Schools (TSS), Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), Peaceful Warriors, PREPaRE, Violence and Bullying Prevention, Threat Assessment and Active Shooter Response training (ALICE);
  • Secure the entry areas and interior classroom windows with shatter resistant film, updated doors and locks;
  • Purchase and utilize the STOPit anonymous reporting system;
  • Install electronic access control system.

DOJ has consulted with numerous stakeholders in the fields of education, security, law enforcement, and mental health. These specialists, listed at the end of this press release, worked with DOJ’s own security experts to develop how the School Safety Grant Initiative will create sustainable improvements in Wisconsin schools. Grant applicants are required to partner with law enforcement agencies to ensure that proposed expenditures, visitor protocols, and school safety plans will be effective and provide students with the safest learning environment possible.


In addition to helping keep schools safe from violent attacks, DOJ will be closely monitoring for behavior that could affect a school’s ability to pay market rates for products like door locks and shatter-resistant film for glass. DOJ will review and investigate any instances of inappropriate pricing behavior so the benefits of the program are not reduced.


Following is a list of organizations who have met with DOJ staff, and consulted on the creation of the Office of School Safety and the grant process and criteria.


  • Association of Wisconsin School Administrators
  • Badger State Sheriffs Association
  • CESA 4, 7, 10
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Wisconsin Association of School Boards
  • Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials
  • Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators
  • Wisconsin Association of School Nurses
  • Wisconsin Catholic Conference
  • Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association
  • Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services
  • Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools
  • Wisconsin Department of Administration
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Wisconsin Education Association Council
  • Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association
  • Wisconsin Juvenile Officers Association
  • Wisconsin Professional Police Association
  • Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association
  • Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Training & Technical Assistance Center
  • Wisconsin School Music Association/Wisconsin Music Educators Association
  • Wisconsin School Psychologists Association
  • Wisconsin School Public Relations Association
  • Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association
  • Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association

For more information on DOJ’s Office of School Safety, please visit:


A list of all 735 schools and school districts that have requested grant funds in the first round of grant funding is available on the DOJ website. To date, OSS has reviewed all first-round applications. All schools that applied have either received their awards, or OSS is waiting for a response from the applicant. OSS understands that many delays on the part of applicants may be due to summer vacation and hours. 


List of schools awarded grants on July 25, 2018:


  • Aquinas Catholic Schools (La Crosse), $48,061;
  • Arcadia School District, $70,955;
  • Beloit Turner School District, $79,120;
  • Campbellsport School District, $84,260;
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee High, $20,609;
  • Delavan-Darien School District, $102,708;
  • Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District, $99,705;
  • Hillsboro School District, $40,960;
  • Holmen School District, $113,596;
  • Holy Rosary Grade School (Darlington), $9,543;
  • Ithaca School District, $65,243;
  • Lac du Flambeau School District, $20,000;
  • Onalaska School District, $99,950;
  • Potosi School District, $59,262;
  • Risen Savior Evangelical Lutheran School (Milwaukee), $20,000;
  • Royall School District, $60,000;
  • Saint Paul's Lutheran School (Fort Atkinson), $19,600;
  • Sheboygan County Christian School, $15,454;
  • Southern Door County School District, $63,970;
  • Sparta Area School District, $183,905;
  • St. Mary Grade School (Bloomington), $19,945;
  • St. Paul's Lutheran School (Muskego), $16,070;
  • Verona Area School District, $270,905.
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