State School Safety Grants awarded to Brighton, Central, Paris, Riverview and Wheatland Center schools

More Western Kenosha County school districts have been awarded grants from the state to make their school’s safer.

Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grants totaled $100 million. The latest round of grants was announced last week.

Here are the local schools included in the latest round of grants:

Brighton #1 School District — Awarded $20,000.  A district news release said in part: “The district has in place an effective crisis management plan and has a secure procedure for entering the building.  The $20,000 will be used for a camera system to enhance the safety procedures already implemented.  The Board of Education is also exploring security film for the windows which would be at the district expense.  They would like to thank Sheriff Beth and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department for their help in assessing our building and assistance with securing the grant.”

Central High School District of Westosha — Awarded $12,172. District administrator Scott Pierce said in an email to westofthei.com: “Central was hoping to do much more than we were allowed due to the cap as we understand it is $20K per school…so we used the total amount for a protective glass film coverage to give greater security at our main entrance. The balance is going for upgrade and adding cameras to the high school where we have some blind spots currently. As you know, we had completed a number of upgrades a few years ago on our security system, PA system and entry key fobs. We wanted to do more with individual classroom security but again, the allocation through the Grant made it cost prohibitive.”

Paris Consolidated School — Awarded $20,000. The district will use the grant to purchase surveillance cameras, said Roger Gahart, district administrator.

Silver Lake-Salem Jt. #1 School District (Riverview School) — Awarded $17,057. District administrator Jon Schleusner said in an email to westofthei.com: “Riverview will be using the funds for shatter-resistant film on exterior and interior doorway windows,  four additional exterior and two additional interior security cameras added to the existing system, replacement door locks for a section of the building, and the School Guard Emergency Response phone application system to be used around the school campus. Following is a website link that provides some information on the system: http://schoolguard.guard911.com/. The upgrades are anticipated to be completed by the end of September, 2018.”

Wheatland J1 School District — Awarded $17,057. District administrator Marty McGinley said in an email to westofthei.com: “We will be using the grant for a camera system, and safety glass at the entrance. We are pleased to accept the state grant money to enhance building security and further our commitment to the safety of Wheatland students.

Grants of  $22,925 to the Bristol #1 School District and of $21,935 to the Randall J1 School District were announced earlier in June.

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