Try 1 month for 99¢
School safety Al Behrman Elementary

The Baraboo School District's 2014 referendum financed secure entranceways at each of its seven buildings. The improvements are required to receive advanced grant funding through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Initiative.

Twenty school districts and private schools in Wisconsin received almost $1.4 million in school safety grants Wednesday from a $100 million school safety fund set up in spring following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Only one district in south-central Wisconsin received a grant. The Barneveld School District received $38,949.

“Momentum to improve school safety, training, and law enforcement collaboration continues with today’s school safety grant awards,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel.

The Department of Justice said about 450 school districts and schools applied to get the grants, which are either primary upgrades, to put safety measures into schools, or advanced upgrades, which add on existing safety measures.

The DOJ said more grants will be announced this summer.

Grants announced today at a public safety summit in Wisconsin Dells included money to the Benton, Big Foot, Bristol, Crivitz, Kettle Moraine, Kewaskum, La Farge, Luck, Mauston, Prentice, Randall, River Ridge, Stevens Point, Union Grove, Wautoma and Williams Bay school districts, Rock County Christian School, St. Joseph School in Rice Lake and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran School in Wood County 

Subscribe to Breaking News

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.