MENOMONIE — The Menomonie school district is putting an emphasis on school security as students start filing back into classrooms on Tuesday.
The district anticipates more than 3,300 students will be enrolled this year, taught by 214 teachers.
Schools Superintendent Joe Zydowsky said that new security features to the district are already in progress.
Menomonie school district received $168,800 in safety grant funding through the state over the summer. The school district plans to use the money toward installing shatter resistant film on entrances; sidelight windows; crisis response kits; updating emergency flip charts; training for staff in nonviolent crisis intervention and trauma informed care; improving building surveillance systems; and extending perimeter fencing.
Zydowsky said these improvements will be implemented throughout the year.
The district has applied for $186,000 in additional state security grant dollars. Zydowsky said this second batch of potential funding would be for adolescent mental health training, professional development in toxic stress, childhood development, and other training.
Another major change this coming school year is at Menomonie Middle School.
Expanding programming, tweaks to the schedule and reallocating some staff will be part of the overhaul.
“It gives students a more well-rounded experience this year,” Zydowsky said.
Middle School principal Bart Boettcher told the school board in February that the middle school schedule had deteriorated over time due to budget cuts and classes that have been eliminated.
The Middle School had some work done over the summer as well.
Construction projects totaling $225,000 include new carpeting, new furniture, installing a digital sign outside and improved ventilation in art rooms.
A major improvement was to storm water flow. In previous years, water would pool at the front of the school, creating an ice hazard in winter.
“That has been a really nice improvement,” Zydowsky said.
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