For Hub City Times
MADISON, Wis. – The Colby School District is among 47 schools and districts that will receive a combined $1,562,511 from the first round of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) School Safety Grant program.
“To date, 652 schools and school districts have been approved to receive more than $45.7 million in school safety grant funding, after completing a detailed grant application in partnership with their local law enforcement and safety experts at DOJ,” said Attorney General Schimel. “School officials and law enforcement share the responsibility in keeping our kids safe when they leave their homes every day.”
In March, the Wisconsin State Legislature and Governor Scott Walker passed and signed 2017 Wisconsin 143 into law, establishing the DOJ Office of School Safety and providing $100 million for school safety. Since then, 735 schools and school districts – 97 percent of public schools and approximately 40 percent of private schools statewide – have applied for the first round of funds, and all are expected to receive grant funding. Once all first round grant funds are approved, it is estimated that approximately $45 million will remain.
The Colby School District will receive $61,679 in grant funds.
Attorney General Schimel has announced plans for a second round of grant funding by utilizing the approximately $45 million in remaining school safety money available. Schools interested in applying for the second round of grant funding were required to submit their intent by Aug. 13.
For more information on the grant program, visit the DOJ Office of School Safety website.