By Tracy Ouellette


The East Troy Community School District is one of seven area school districts awarded safety grants through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program, administered by DOJ’s Office of School Safety. East Troy received $80,000 in grant money.

“We’ll be using it for additional security cameras, replacing a couple of doors at Prairie View Elementary School and we are doing some safety training, which includes trauma sensitive school training, threat assessment plan training and table-top emergency exercises,” School District Business Manager Kathy Zwirgzdas said.

The majority of the grant money, about $50,000, will go to installing security cameras at Prairie View, East Troy Middle School and East Troy High School, Zwirgzdas said.

“Some of the money will also be used to update our Go Bag supplies, which we’ve had for a while,” Zwirgzdas said. “The bags are used in the case of emergencies if we need to evacuate the classrooms and the teacher can just grab it as they go out with the kids. They contain first aid supplies and other things the teacher may need.”

According to a press release from DOJ, 147 schools and school districts in the state will receive more than $10 million to be spent on building safety improvements, as well as training for faculty and staff. More grants will be awarded soon.

Other area school districts awarded grants are:

  • Geneva J4 School District, $20,000;
  • Lake Geneva School District, $110,192;
  • Mukwonago School District, $164,010;
  • Raymond No. 14 School District, $18,580;
  • Walworth Jt. No. 1 Schools, $20,000;
  • Waterford Graded J1 School District, $79,675.

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