WAWM School District Awarded School Safety Initiative Grant

WAWM School District Awarded School Safety Initiative Grant
Posted on 07/08/2018
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Attorney General Brad Schimel announced that the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is among the schools and school districts that have been awarded grant funding through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program administered by DOJ’s Office of School Safety.

According to Janet Delikat, the School Safety Coordinator, the District was granted the full amount requested.  “We received $272,097 which will help as we continue to make school safety a priority in our schools.”

The School Safety Initiative Grant funding includes primary and secondary funding designed to help focus on baseline improvements to school security.  In general, primary funding must be used to “harden school entryways.” As a result, the District will be installing shatter resistant film on the glass panels at school main entrances.

In addition, a prerequisite for the funding requires that all full-time teachers, aides, counselors, and administrators receive a minimum of three hours of training in Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care/Trauma Sensitive Schools before the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

The secondary portion of the funding will be used for:   

  • Improving building security with new and/or additional outside cameras;

  • Training that helps prevent violence in school, using the evidence-based violence prevention curriculum; Botvin Lifeskills Training.  

Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond, states, “We are committed to providing a safe school environment.  We have made improvements to school entrances, we routinely practice safety drills, and we work closely with our city police. We have also been focusing on initiatives around mental health and trauma-informed care. This funding helps us continue our work in the important area of school safety. The safety of our students and staff will always be a top priority.”