Stevens Point Area School District makes safety upgrades ahead of the start of classes

STEVENS POINT, Wis (WSAW)-- Over the past few summer months, Governor Walker and his administration have been crisscrossing the state to distribute nearly $100 million in school safety grants. Dozens of school districts in north and central Wisconsin received funds to make upgrades to their security before the start of the school year.

The Stevens Point Area School District received nearly $300,000 and used their funds to make sure their buildings are equipped with the latest technology.

“This grant was essential for us to make these upgrades,” stated Brain Casey, Director of Technology with the Stevens Point Area School District. “When it comes to purchasing new security cameras or books, the district is going to choose books over those security enhancements.”

At Point of Discovery School, staff tells NewsChannel 7 that they never had security cameras installed at the school prior to being granted funds.

Each school throughout the district were also given state-of-the-art walkie-talkies that allow staff to communicate with other staff within a longer range between them. Schools that have new phone systems are also able to use the walkie-talkies to communicate with landline phones.

Aside from security cameras, controlled access doors and new public announcement systems, staff are feeling safer already.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is conducting a second round of grants totaling $45 million, recipients will be announced in October.

The Stevens Point Area School District plans to apply for more funds to have blue hazard lights installed in schools for people who are hearing impaired.