District gets state safety grant

The Plymouth School District has been awarded $74,273 in School Safety Initiative funds, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has announced.

The district will use the funds for glass-hardening film at entryways; digital radios; and training. These measures will provide additional layers of security for students, staff, volunteers and visitors at the five district schools.

The grant announcement was one of 81 totaling nearly $4.8 million announced Monday by state Attorney General Brad Schimel. “We have no greater responsibility than providing safe school environments, free from violence,” he said.

In March 2018, the Wisconsin State Legislature and Governor Scott Walker established the DOJ Office of School Safety and provided $100 million in grant funding. 735 schools and school districts, 97 percent of public schools and approximately 40 percent of private schools statewide, applied for the first round of funds, and all are expected to receive grant funding.

Once all first round grant funds are approved, it is estimated that approximately $45 million will remain. The state recently announced plans for a second round of funding; the Plymouth School District plans to seek additional funds through this second round as well.

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