DOJ School Safety Director named and other updates/reminders

Office of School Safety/State School Safety Grants—Attorney General Brad Schimel has named Beloit Police Lieutenant Kristen Devitt to be the Director of the Office of School Safety.  Ms. Devitt is a former school resource officer (SRO) who currently oversees SROs in Beloit.  She is also a part-time instructor for the National Association of School Resource Officers.  Former Acting Director Glenn Rehberg will become the Deputy Director.

The deadline for School Safety Initiative grant applications was June 8th.  Since then (thru June 26), the DOJ has awarded more than 181 grants to the 735 applicants.  The DOJ continues to award grants as quickly as possible.  School leaders should please remember that grant-funded work must not begin until the grant award letter has been signed and returned to the DOJ.

While the DOJ can’t provide an estimate on when any particular grant will be awarded, their goal has always been to award grants so that schools have at least some time over the summer to make improvements in time for the upcoming school year.

Federal School Safety Grant Opportunities–As we noted in a previous post, the U.S. Justice Department is inviting applications for two new grant programs created by the STOP School Violence ActThe application deadline for each grant program is July 23.

The STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program will support jurisdictions (including states, local governments, and federally recognized Indian tribes) in improving efforts to reduce violent crime through the creation of school threat assessment teams and the use of technology for anonymously reporting suspicious activity as it relates to violence in schools.

The STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program will support jurisdictions in improving efforts to reduce violent crime through the creation of school safety training and mental health programs for school personnel and students as they relate to violence in schools.  These programs will award nearly $50 million.

State Child Tax Rebate–There is still time left for parents to claim the state child tax rebate.  Parents have until Monday, July 2nd to sign up for the state’s child sales tax rebate.  Parents are eligible for this $100 per child rebate if they have a child under the age of 18; however, they must apply online for the credit. (See previous post.)

The rebate is intended to reimburse parents for sales and use tax paid on purchases made for raising a dependent child in 2017.  Over 400,000 Wisconsinites have signed up for the rebate so far.

To access information about the credit and a link to the application form, click here .