Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 6/25/2020 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel
Type: Action
Subject: 17. Report with Possible Action Regarding the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Safety Grant
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
File Attachment:
Background: In 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) accepted applications for programs and projects that would enhance or improve upon existing school and district efforts to support students and school communities.

In the first round of funding, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) was awarded grant funds in the amount of $3,310,177 to implement a comprehensive school safety project designed to ensure the physical and mental safety of students and staff to begin on September 20, 2018. The project involved a series of professional development sessions alongside security camera system standardization and installation of shatterproof window film at main entrances, inside-locking push button locks on classroom doors, and other physical security enhancements. Due to COVID-19, DOJ extended the program through December 31, 2020 to allow grantees to complete the required professional development.

In the second round of funding released in the fall of 2018, DOJ announced an advanced initiative focusing on student mental health and the creation of local collaborative teams of educators, counselors, and law enforcement officers to address school safety, respond to threats, and get identified students the help they need. One of the goals of this program is to provide professional development to 10% of all teachers in advanced mental health issues.

MPS was awarded grant funds in the amount of $2,504,750 under the second round of funding to work with school teams, provide expanded professional development and continue the district’s pursuit of standardizing security camera placement and technology in all MPS-owned school buildings. The funds can be spent between November 2, 2018 and December 31, 2020.

Currently, the two projects are collectively 93% expended with $402,033 remaining and allocated for substitute teacher coverage or extra hours for teacher professional development, contracted school physical safety enhancements and camera installation and upgrades to enhance MPS building safety.
Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee reports having received the foregoing report. This was an informational item and no action was required.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer