By Tim Kowols
Thanks to two state grants, Washington Island School is making drastic improvements to student safety. The school received two grants from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, totaling over $46,000 to address security upgrades and training for school safety intervention and mental health. Last month, several law enforcement and emergency responder agencies hosted an active shooter training on campus and invited staff members to observe. Washington Island School Principal Michelle Kanipes says it was an eye-opening experience.
Kanipes says like many schools in the state, some of the security upgrades like new doors and entrance system will be installed as contractors have time to do the work. The DOJ has awarded $100 million in safety grants to more than 600 schools since June 1st.