The Green Bay Area Public School District has received a School Safety Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice worth $835,092.
The school district submitted their grant application in early June, after Governor Scott Walker signed legislation earlier this year to award $100 million in school safety grants to districts across the state.
Green Bay Area Public Schools said they have requested these funds to upgrade or buy the following:
- Security cameras
- Video storage server
- Portable radios
- Visitor management software
- Interior and exterior public address system speakers
- Panic buttons for security desks and school offices
- Emergency management software
- Trainings (active shooter, trauma informed care, trauma sensitive schools and school site security analysis)
- 3M Safety and Security window film for identified school doors and windows.
Another item left out, that was a big debate topic at several meetings, was the possibility of adding armed security guards inside Green Bay Schools. After hearing from many parents, the board just recently voted not to consider armed security guards in their grant application.
“The safety and well-being of students and staff continues to be our number one priority,” said Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld.
“We are thankful for this grant award as it provides us with additional funding needed to increase our efforts to enhance already existing safety and security measures. While there is still much more funding needed to address mental health needs, we are very appreciative that the state of Wisconsin has recognized this critical first step.”
The Green Bay Public School District is now among more than a dozen Northeast Wisconsin schools to receive school safety grant funding from the State of Wisconsin.