Waterloo looks into safety grant application
By Tammy Krueger
for the Daily Times
WATERLOO — Information regarding a Waterloo School District 2018 state of Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Intervention Team and Mental Health Training grant application was presented to the Waterloo School Board by Waterloo School District Business Manager Sharon Peterson during Monday’s regular school board meeting.
The grant, which will advance baseline mental health and physical security improvements within school districts, utilizes the remaining $45 million from the first round of grant funding and is open to all eligible kindergarten through 12th grade public, private, charter and travel schools throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Requirements to apply for the grant include having 10 percent of full-time teachers and counselors complete 12 hours of approved WisDOJ adolescent mental health training by August 2020.
The grant funding can be used to pay expenses incurred from travel, lodging, meals, tuition and substitute pay associated with the WisDOJ adolescent mental health training.
Grant funding can also be used toward school district physical security improvements such as classroom and exterior door upgrades.
“We’ve applied for what we can, but it is a commitment to additional training for our staff,” Peterson said in regards to the WisDOJ School Safety Intervention Team and Mental Health Training grant application.
WisDOJ School Safety Intervention Team and Mental Health Training grant award recipients will be announced starting in October.
In July, the Waterloo School District was awarded a WisDOJ School Safety Initiative grant totaling $80,900.
With a program description to “enhance or improve upon existing school or district efforts to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and/or recover from violence,” the safety initiative grant outlined two categories that included primary security and advanced security.
The district’s school safety initiative grant application was submitted on June 7 and included $900 under the primary security category for shatter resistance film in the district main entry and $80,000 for Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care/Trauma Sensitive Schools staff training and an updated intercom system that would allow communication between all classrooms throughout the building.
In other business, Waterloo School District Administrator Brian Henning presented information to the board on the upcoming Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate training that will be held for Waterloo School District staff.
ALICE is a full comprehensive training used to prepare individuals for school emergencies and threats.
Two shortened ALICE training sessions focusing on emergency scenarios will also be held on Aug. 24 from 8-11:30 a.m. and from noon-3:30 p.m. Parents and seventh- through 12th-grade students are invited to sign up for one of the sessions.
Parents and students interested in signing up for the shortened ALICE training sessions are asked to contact the Waterloo School District at 920-478-3633 for more information.
In other business, the board:
— With the exception of an abstaining vote by Area 3 Treasurer Jenifer Quimby, approved the July 9 regular and closed session meeting minutes.
— Approved the resignation of Nick Thomas, assistant network technician, and Tara Schultz, food service worker.
— Approved the hiring of Noa Martinsen, intermediate-middle school cross-categorical special education teacher, and Damaris Milfred, kindergarten through 12th-grade English as a Second Language teacher.
— Approved the reassignment of Allison Malueg from prekindergarten teacher to second grade teacher.
— Approved 2018-19 teacher leadership positions for Carmen Follmer, character education; Jessica Leonard and Krista Sale, intermediate-middle school Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports; Jennifer Hewitt and Colleen Hoffman, elementary school PBIS; Nicole Bakalars, prekindergarten through 12th grade PBIS/character education; Holli Viken, mentor program coordinator; Megan Burns, chemical hygiene/science curriculum; Lynette Diericks, migrant/English Language Learner grant coordinator, and Roni Jakel and Mackenzie Bennin, enrichment program.
— Approved the 2018-19 elementary, intermediate-middle and high school student handbooks.
— Approved the 2018-19 certified and support staff handbooks.
— Approved a Waterloo Community Pool swimming lesson rate change.
The swimming lesson rate change reflects a $1 increase per lesson bringing the new rate to $5 for Waterloo School District residents and $6 for nondistrict residents.
The eight lesson fall session rate will be $40 per child and $40 per tot for Waterloo School District residents, and $48 per child and $48 per tot for nondistrict residents. The four lesson fall session rate will be $20 per child and $20 per tot for Waterloo School District residents, and $24 per child and $24 per tot for nondistrict residents.
— Approved the designation of Waterloo School Board Clerk Debra Stein and Waterloo School District office employees Karen Weihert and Carleen Benninger as official canvassers for Tuesday’s election.
An official board of canvassers meeting will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the district office.
The Waterloo School District annual budget hearing and annual meeting will be held Sept. 24 in the high school cafeteria. The budget hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the annual meeting at 7 p.m.
All school board members were present and the next regular meeting will be held Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.