Watertown School Latest To Receive DOJ School Safety Grant

(Watertown) The Saint Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran School in Watertown is the latest to be awarded grants through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program. A totally of 60 public and private schools are splitting the remaining $2.5-million dollars form the first round of funding. Saint Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran School is getting just over $17-thousand dollars. Attorney General Brad Schimel, who made the announcement this past week, says round two of school safety grant funding is now open and that the Department of Justice is ready to receive applications from roughly 688 applicants. He added that round two will allow recipients to participate in advance mental health training and create local intervention teams in order to stop violence before it happens. Round one funding will generally allow districts to either secure school entry zones with shatter resistant film, improve visitor screening through internal and external security cameras, update internal classroom locks, install playground security fencing or train staff on threat assessment and prevention. 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.