Area students have seen changes in their schools over the last couple of years as the mid-century buildings they are taught in have been being updated thanks to public support for updating the aging school structures.
In total, taxpayers have agreed to pay $127 million for updated schools in Beaver Dam, Mayville, Randolph and Waupun in the past couple of years and in 2017 much of the work began in earnest.
Doors opened on a updated K-12 structure in Randolph in September 2017. Randolph’s $17.6 million referendum provided funds to construct elementary and middle school additions, and renovations to move all students to the current high school campus.
Beaver Dam, Mayville and Waupun all saw support of referendums in November 2016.
Beaver Dam $48.9 million referendum includes a new field house at Beaver Dam High School that will open in January, while work continues in the rest of the building. All schools in the district are getting security upgrades.
Waupun voters approved a $36 million referendum with the work being completed mostly during the summers. The project includes secure entrances, improving parking lots, addressing aging infrastructure, resolving the Americans with Disabilities Act code compliance issues and improving educational environments.
Mayville’s construction will begin in the spring after voters approved a $24.5 million referendum. The funds will be used for the construction, equipping and furnishing of additions to Mayville High School, including new agricultural science and technical education classrooms and new physical education facilities. Other projects include renovations, infrastructure improvements and safety and security upgrades at all three district schools.