The Delavan-Darien and Beloit Turner school districts were each awarded state school safety grants Wednesday afternoon.

Delavan-Darien was awarded $102,708 and Beloit Turner was awarded $79,120. Both grants are a part of a $100 million school safety measure the Legislature passed in March.

Jill Sorbie, interim superintendent at Delavan-Darien, said the grant would be used to add shatterproof film to exterior entrances and classrooms. The purpose would be to slow the progress of a potential intruder.

For Delavan-Darien, the grant comes after the district has made other school safety investments in security cameras, intercom systems and a WAVE Plus Alert System, Sorbie said.

Beloit Turner Superintendent Dennis McCarthy could not be reached for comment.

In a statement after the event, state Attorney General Brad Schimel said Wisconsin schools will be the safest in the country this fall.

“Thanks to a renewed partnership between educators, mental health professionals, and law enforcement, communities will be more ready than ever to respond to a crisis and keep kids happy and safe in their school,” Schimel said.

Schimel, a Republican, is seeking his second term as attorney general. He will face Josh Kaul, the only Democratic candidate in the primary, on Nov. 6.

Kaul released a statement to The Gazette on Wednesday criticizing Schimel and claiming the school safety grants don’t to go far enough.

“While our current Attorney General has criticized gun-free school zones and suggested that we consider arming teachers, I believe we need common-sense gun safety measures, including universal background checks and a ban on bump stocks,” Kaul said.

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