DOJ Awards District School Safety Grant

DOJ Awards District School Safety Grant
Posted on 07/31/2018
Jill Collins, SD of BRF Director of Business Services; Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel; and Representative Treig Pronschinske.District schools will be undergoing safety upgrades after an $83,368 award from the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) School Safety Grant program. 

On July 30, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced 81 schools and school districts that combined will receive $4,771,686 from the first round of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) School Safety Grant program. 

“We have no greater responsibility than providing safe school environments, free from violence,” said Attorney General Schimel. 

Local upgrades will begin as soon as possible, some before school begins.

"We will be installing additional cameras to provide more complete video coverage within and around our buildings. These additional funds will strengthen our partnerships with the Black River Falls City Police and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department by allowing for instant notification should a situation arise. The enhancements to our PA systems within the buildings, paired with our safety plans, will be an excellent communication tool to assist everyone should an incident happen," said Shelly Severson, superintendent. 

The grant allows the district to continue work that began after a successful November 2014 referendum. At that time, all schools upgraded to secure entrances.

"We are lucky to have the supportive community agencies that we do. The safety of our students is paramount to everything else that we do!" said Severson.

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