By LeAnn R. Ralph
ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound school district is applying for a school safety grant to install security film, to buy cameras and radios, and to upgrade the elementary and middle school entrances.
Eric Wright, district administrator, provided an update on the grant application to the Elk Mound Board of Education at the May 21 meeting.
Governor Scott Walker announced in March he had worked with the state Assembly and the Senate to put together a bill to set aside $100 million right away to help school districts make their buildings safer, whether it is physical changes to the building or adding staff, such as school safety officers.
At the April school board meeting, Wright reported he had learned school school safety officers are not part of the grant.
The $100 million of state general purpose revenue will be administered as grants available through the new Office of School Safety in the Department of Justice.
There two types of school safety grants — primary and advanced, Wright said.
The primary grant provides money for door locks and security film, he said.
Elk Mound installed door locks years ago at Mound View Elementary, Elk Mound Middle School and Elk Mound High School.
Since Elk Mound already has door locks, the school district is applying for the primary grant for security film for the windows at all the main entrances to buildings, Wright said.
Security window films are polyester films applied to the glass that make it difficult, if not impossible, to break the window.
Elk Mound also is applying for the advanced grant to add security film to other doors and windows and also to buy cameras and radios, Wright said.
Elk Mound High School currently has a set of double doors, so that when someone is admitted to the building, the second set of doors are locked, requiring the person to check in at the office before being admitted to the building, he noted.
Part of the safety grant application will include money to install double doors at the middle school and the elementary school so that visitors must also enter the office in those two schools before being admitted to the building, Wright said.
CESA 10 is helping the Elk Mound school district write the grant application, he said.
Grant applications are due June 8.
In other business, the Elk Mound Board of Education:
• Learned that the conversion of exterior lights to LED lights is nearly complete and that the water heater at Mound View Elementary is in the process of being replaced since the existing water heater is original to the building and is more than 20 years old. Windows also are being calked at the elementary school, and the mortar is being repaired where necessary.
• Learned that the Elk Mound school district has 51 new open enrollment applications for students coming into the district and 23 new open enrollment applications for students leaving the district. Wright reminded the school board students can apply to up to three school districts for open enrollment and that Elk Mound will not know the final open enrollment number of students in and out of the district until after school starts in the fall.
• Approved on a second reading policies for Start College Now, Early College Credit and Part-time Open Enrollment. The Start College Now and Early College Credit programs replace the former Youth Options program.
• Accepted the resignation of Gabrielle Meisner, high school para-professional.
• Accepted the resignation of Tammy Custer, high school food service employee.
• Accepted the retirement of Carolyn Solberg, part-time speech and language teacher.
• Accepted the resignation of Colleen Roach, middle school and high school business education teacher.
• Accepted the resignation of Nicole Resch as the middle school volleyball coach.
• Accepted the resignation of Jean Parr, middle school para-professional.
• Accepted the resignation of Jessica Kummer, elementary para-professional.
• Learned that a strategic planning celebration is scheduled for June 13 at 5:30 p.m. to cover what has been accomplished this year.
In a closed session of the Elk Mound Board of Education:
• Hired Tim Lambele as the middle school volleyball coach.
• Approved support staff assignments and employee salary advancements.