Security Enhancements Part of Beaver Dam High School Overhaul

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam High School is seeing several security enhancements as part of the $49-million-dollar referendum approved by voters in 2016. Principal Crystal Bates says the entrances will be more secure once the project is complete. She says it had been difficult for administrators to see someone walk through and their old entrances allowed a person access to the entire school. Bates says now each person will be buzzed in and will have their identification checked before they are eventually allowed entrance into the main entryway. Senior Project Manager Michael Dietrich with general contractor CG Schmidt says all other exterior doors will have card access and door position switches that will notify staff if a door has been opened. Superintendent Mark DiStefano says the philosophy behind school safety has changed over the years. He says rather than freezing and hiding, schools want staff and students to seek shelter. DiStefano most classrooms at the high school will have the opportunities to secure people inside. DiStefano says during the design phase, school officials working with the Beaver Dam Police Department.The high school is expected to be complete by the beginning of the fall semester.