8/4/17 – Students at the Beaver Dam High School will have limited physical education opportunities during the first semester of the school year. The schedule change is needed to accommodate the referendum-approved construction for the overhaul of the entire campus. The high school has two gymnasiums. The north gym has already been demolished to make way for the field house, which is an athletic complex with five regulation basketball courts, among other uses, that is slated to be open in the spring semester. Director of Human Resources Mark DiStefano told the school board during a tour this week that the south gym will be used as a fabrication lab for technical education beginning in 2018. The mezzanine above the south gym is being converted into the school’s main mechanical room and will be walled off before the school year starts. The rest of the south gym will have limited use during the upcoming semester. Basketball practices may also be affected but DiStefano says they are coordinating with the middle school until the field house is done. Principal Crystal Bates says a lot of strategic planning was needed to make everything work. She says health classes and phy ed classes were coordinated so that health classes will be run during the first semester. The cafeteria is located right outside the south gym and while the new, larger cafeteria may be complete before the school year is over, Bates says they will not rearrange schedules mid-year. During the upcoming school year there will continue to be three lunches but in the fall of 2018 the number of lunches will be reduced to two. The cafeteria is being built in the new commons area off the relocated main entrance at the east end of the building. The main entrance will give visitors easy access to not only the cafeteria but also the field house, auditorium and administrative offices.