Beaver Dam Superintendent Discusses Performance Goals

(Beaver Dam) Halfway through the 2016-17 school year, officials in the Beaver Dam Unified School District are tracking their progress on various goals they established.  At last night’s board meeting, Superintendent Steve Vessey says the district is on track to complete all eleven objectives by year’s end.  Vessey highlighted a few of the top goals, which include looking possible changes to the district’s employee benefit package.  He says employees are currently paying 20% of their health premiums, which is among the highest in the state.  Vessey believes the district needs a benefit/retirement package that is more conducive to attracting high-quality employees while also being financially efficient for the district.  Vessey says the district is also looking into possible changes at the elementary level.  He hopes all elementary schools can be on the same schedule, as Prairie View and South Beaver Dam currently operate on different schedules than the four elementary schools within city limits.  Vessey says streamlining the schedules would allow the district to better group students in core areas while allowing for more efficient travel for staff members who serve at multiple buildings.  If scheduling changes were approved, Vessey says they would not go into effect for at least two years.  In terms of the district’s upcoming high school renovation, Vessey hopes a floor plan will be finalized by the end of this month with construction expected to start in the spring.