Beaver Dam Unified School District will have the first of several meet and greet meetings at Beaver Dam High School to discuss the future of the building on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will begin with a 15-minute presentation which will be followed by six break-out sessions before a tour of the high school.

The board of education will look at creating a modern learning environment at the school. The cost could possibly be up to $35 million to update the building and may be a future referendum for the district. However the board of education is hoping for community input to determine what the citizens would want for the future of the school.

“The board will have to decide whether to go to referendum or not,” superintendent Steve Vessey said Monday.

The meetings will be held the first Monday of the month from February to May and again in July and August. The board will discuss the tours during its monthly board meeting. A community survey will also be sent out in April. The results will be published in June.

A district-wide facility safety and security assessment was completed last school year. There were some major needs found at the high school as well as security issues throughout the school district. Some security upgrades are already being done in the schools.

The district did a comprehensive district facility study in 2011. Following that study, the district completed $8 million in facility work and $2 million in technology upgrades. The 2011 improvements included:

  • $1 million science wing remodel at the high school;
  • $3 million addition to Prairie View Elementary;
  • $1 million electrical upgrades at the middle school;
  • $3 million in roof replacements, parking lot maintenance, heating and cooling maintenance and upgrades at all the schools;

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