Dodge Count Schools Awarded Wisconsin Department of Justice Grants

(Juneau) Several Dodge County schools were awarded grants through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program. Dodgeland, Lomira and Watertown are part of 66 other districts that will receive nearly $4-million dollars in combined funding. Over the summer months, dozens of Wisconsin schools received money in round one funding to address security upgrades. The second round of funding aims to bolster student mental health. Attorney General Brad Schimel, who made the grant announcements this week, says during a summer where many schools were literally swamped with flooding and getting ready for the first day of school, school officials quickly submitted their applications, to prioritize mental health support for students. In order to qualify for the second-round funds, applicants must agree to send 10-percent of full-time teachers and  counselors to a DOJ-approved adolescent mental health training. Appling districts must also establish school safety intervention teams based on a model set by the U.S. Secret Service which will engage behavior monitoring and threat assessments. Dodgeland is receiving over $43-thousand dollars, Lomira is getting $49-thousand dollars and Watertown is slated to pick-up $202-thousand dollars.