5/25/17 – Ground was broken Wednesday at the Beaver Dam High School for a complete overhaul of the campus that will be taking place over the next two years. The project is being funded by a $49-million referendum approved by voters in November that also includes safety improvements at all elementary buildings and the middle school. Superintendent Steve Vessey says yesterday’s ceremony was not a celebration, that will happen when the project comes in on-time and on-budget. Instead, Vessey singled out the board for taking a “leap of faith” with this project. Students will have a longer summer vacation for the next two years to accommodate construction. With school out for Beaver Dam students on Monday, Vessey says work is already underway. He says in the next week to ten days, crews will begin knocking down walls to the current north gym and tech-ed wing with June and early July dedicated to straight demolition and hauling away of debris. After that the walls will start to go up and Vessey says the field house and common areas should be ready for students by September 1. Four elementary schools will see work completed this summer to improve the security at their front entrance. Jefferson, Lincoln, South Beaver Dam and Wilson all have similar layouts and will addressed over the summer. Washington Elementary is more complex because the office will be moved. That work will be done next summer along with Prairie View Elementary and the Middle School which officials say is more complicated that other campuses because the front of the buildings need to be redesigned.