Oshkosh Awarded Nearly $550,000 in Second Round of State School Safety Grant Program

posted Oct 3, 2018, 2:07 PM by Katie Nieman
The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) has been awarded additional funds as part of the second round of the school safety grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The District will receive $549,395 from the grant, which will be used to provide mental health awareness training for District staff and additional security upgrades. The District was notified of the award on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice allocated $100 million to school safety initiatives, divided into two rounds. Round one, which took place in the spring, focused on updating security to schools to make buildings safer. Round two aims to bolster student mental health services by providing counseling services and training teachers in mental health awareness. School districts that receive the latest round of grant money must have at least ten percent of their faculty trained to recognize mental health warning signs among students, and they must also establish a school safety intervention team. The Oshkosh Area School District is committed to using the funds to continue to bring valuable training to its school communities and strengthen the supports and resources in place throughout the District. 
The Oshkosh Area School District was previously awarded $459,776 in June and used those funds to enhance security practices and procedures throughout the District. Specific enhancements included the expansion of the District’s video surveillance system and the addition of shatter-resistant film to windows.
“We are grateful once again for the support of the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the ability to provide our staff with critical training and professional development related to school safety and mental health awareness,” said Dr. Andrew Jones, OASD Executive Director of Administration, who was responsible for submitting the grant proposals. “The District is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of students and staff, and we are eager to continue to enhance and expand our safety initiatives.”

In March, Governor Scott Walker signed a bill that will provide $100 million in grants for school building improvements and staff training. Additional information is available on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website, www.doj.state.wi.us/office-school-safety/school-safety-grants