Horicon School District Pursuing School Safety Grants

(Beaver Dam) School districts throughout the state of Wisconsin are eligible to receive funding to improve school safety. Governor Scott Walker announced the initiative in March that saw the Wisconsin Department of Justice allocate $100-million dollars for K-through-12 schools, both public and private. Horicon Police Chief Joe Adamson says each school that applies will receive $20-thousand dollars to improve immediate safety measures. He says those include putting locks on doors that do not have them and installing protective film on main entry-ways. Grant applicants must partner with law enforcement agencies to ensure that proposed expenditures, visitor protocols and school security plans will provide students with a safe learning environment. Adamson says there is also a competitive grant that will assess security and safety needs based on the remaining funds from the state grant. The Horicon School District will be pursuing both grant opportunities. In the wake of current national events, Adamson stressed the importance of student safety. He says the district will be utilizing a new program called CrisisGo, which will allow staff and first responders the ability to better communicate with one another during emergency situations. He says he is working closely with Horicon School District staff to decide the best way to implement school safety practices.