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Gov. Walker stops in Onalaska to tout ‘school safety’ proposal



A package of what Governor Scott Walker is calling bipartisan school safety programs was released in a sales pitch to schools Monday.

The Wisconsin governor, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Attorney General Brad Schimel toured the state, stopping by Northern Hills Elementary School in Onalaska along the way.

Walker says the $100 million package will be available for all districts, with schools able to apply for the programs that best fit their needs.

“Schools in Milwaukee, particularly high schools, have had metal detectors, have had secure doors,” Walker said. “They have daily threats that they have to address.

“That’s not the same for every school district across the state. So we want to make sure it address the unique challenges that a given school district might have.”

Some of the proposals include strengthening school safety plan requirements, as well as requiring immediate report of for any threats of school violence. Arming teachers was not part of the proposal

Walker says Northern Hills has done a great job with security measures

“This is a shining example of what we hope other schools will aspire to,” he said.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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