Beaver Dam School District residents will learn Monday if the community supports upgrading Beaver Dam High School and improving safety-and-security requirements at all of the district schools.

The board of education has been considering changes at Beaver Dam High School that could result in a referendum. It could cost up to $48.9 million to update the building. The board will meet in the Educational Service Center, 705 McKinley St., Monday at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome.

More than 1,850 residents completed a four-page community survey seeking input on high-school facility needs and safety-and-security improvements at all schools.

The response rate was approximately 18 percent and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percent. Immediately following the June 20 school-board meeting a one-page summary of the survey results will be posted on the school district’s website.

The survey was developed by an independent-research firm and was mailed to every household in the Beaver Dam Unified School District. School-district staff and parents were emailed an electronic copy to reduce return-mailing costs, and each survey included a unique survey-access code to ensure data integrity.

“Our June 20 school board meeting will be the first opportunity for the school board and public to hear the survey results,” superintendent Steve Vessey said. “However, the meeting will not be the time to make a decision regarding a November referendum question. The board will hold a workshop June 27, where they will discuss the issue of a possible November referendum based on the survey results.

“Our school board is committed to listening to our community, responding to their input, and making a decision that is in the best interest of our school district and community,” Vessey said.

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