For Immediate Release
November 6, 2018
For More Information Contact: Steven Hill, District Administrator, Waupun Area School District
Waupun Area School District To Upgrade Security With Second School Safety Grant
The Waupun Area School District will use a $113,726 school safety grant to upgrade security at several schools and provide in-depth teacher training on student mental health issues. This was the second school safety grant awarded to Waupun by the Wisconsin Department of Justice through its program to support advanced initiatives to bolster student mental health.
“We are pleased to receive the grants that will help us ensure the safety and security of our students and staff, which is always our primary goal,” said Waupun District Administrator Steven Hill.
Hill said the most recent grant money will be used to install security cameras at Rock River Intermediate School, Meadow View Primary School and SAGES (School for Agricultural and Environmental Studies), the district’s public charter school.
In addition, the district will purchase Raptor, a digital visitor management system that screens visitors to school buildings and records their information for subsequent visits. The district will also buy Raptor’s emergency management system that simplifies emergency drill management and also allows officials a way to manage an actual emergency situation.
The security upgrades should be in place by the end of the year, Hill said.
Waupun received $99,979 in the first round of Wisconsin Department of Justice school safety grants.That money was used to upgrade security cameras at Waupun High School.
Because mental health issues have been identified as a key component of school violence, the DOJ required districts seeking the second round of grants to agree to send 10 percent of their teachers and counselors to a DOJ approved workshop on adolescent mental health. Hill said Waupun’s staff will complete the training next summer.
“The grant will also allow us to educate and inform staff so they can better meet the mental health needs of students,” Hill said.