Beaver Dam Included In Latest Round Of School Safety Grants

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Unified School District along with 51 other schools have been awarded grants through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program. In this round of funding, the combined school districts will receive over $3.5-million dollars.

During an announcement ceremony Monday at Christ King School in Wauwatosa, Attorney General Brad Schimel broke down the different security improvements the grant funding will target. He says focus areas include securing school entry zones with shatter resistant film, improving visitor screening through internal and external security cameras, updating internal classroom locks, installing playground security fencing and training for all staff on threat assessment and prevention.

The Beaver Dam School District will receive just over $187-thousand dollars. School Board President John Kraus Jr says it is an honor to be selected to receive the money that will go a long way towards keeping students safe. He says that it is difficult at times to find funding to help with projects but is happy to see the state legislature help out.

Building and Grounds Coordinator Brent Maron says there are specific plans in place on how the grant dollars will be used but noted there is still more research to be done before those plans are made public. He did add that the money will be put to work within the year.

Saint John’s Lutheran School in Watertown was also awarded just over $16-thousand dollars in school safety funding.