MPSD awarded school safety grant

MPSD awarded school safety grant
Posted on 07/25/2018
Grant Signing

The Manitowoc Public School District is pleased to announce it has received a School Safety Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice totalling $227,080.

The grant was awarded by the DOJ’s Office of School Safety, as part of the state’s effort to improve school safety across Wisconsin. State Attorney General Brad Schimel presented the grants Tuesday in Kaukauna.

“Manitowoc Public Schools believe that no effort is too great when it comes to school safety,” MPSD Superintendent Mark Holzman said. “Our learning environments must be the best they can be for students and staff.”

One way to foster the best learning environment is to make our schools safe places for students, staff and visitors. The ever changing world we live in makes this a daily challenge, yet we must be vigilant in our efforts to prevent, prepare, respond and recover. The Manitowoc Public School District’s “All Hazards” approach provides the base from which it focuses on “Learning first - Safety always.”

MPSD Buildings and Grounds Director Chris Dupre said the Manitowoc Public School District will focus the grant request on three main DOJ approved areas:

Training - During the 2018-19 school year MPSD will partner with DH Video Creation (Manitowoc County, WI) to produce a Safety Response Plan training video for staff and students.

Building upgrades - All 11 school campus buildings will have installed “shatter resistant window film” in DOJ approved areas.

Equipment upgrades:
-Video surveillance systems will be upgraded both internally and externally.
-Visitor Management Systems will be installed at all school campus buildings.
-Two way communication radios will be added at school campus buildings. 
-Video-Intercom Door Stations will be installed at school campus building main doors.

Additionally, as part of the grant MPSD will be implementing new training related to Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) for all full time teachers, aides, School Counselors, administrators and any other staff deemed appropriate.

Providing a safe and respectful place for students to learn and grow is a critical part of today’s learning for Manitowoc Public Schools, Dupre said.

“We continue to strive to balance the physical safety components of our campuses with the core value of trusted personal relationships as the key to being the safest place for all,” Holzman said. “Locks, cameras and safety plans are vital, but we know that it is the trusted connection of our students, staff and visitors that ultimately provides safety and security.”

Photo caption: The Manitowoc Public School District was awarded a $227,080 state School Safety Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Office of School Safety. State Attorney General Brad Schimel signed the grant Tuesday, July 24, 2018 with MPSD Superintendent Mark Holzman (front left), Michael Morgan, MPSD mental wellness coordinator (front right), Chris Dupre, MPSD Buildings and Grounds Director (back left) and Miranda Check, Lincoln High School liaison officer (back right).