South Beaver Dam To Close, Consolidate With Jefferson Elementary

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board approved a five-year facility plan Monday night that includes the closure of an elementary school. South Beaver Dam Elementary School will close after the next school year and will be consolidated with Jefferson Elementary in 2020-2021. The decision centers around a five-year facility plan totaling over $12-million dollars – at all buildings except the high school – that includes taking on new debt without going to referendum.

Several parents who spoke during last night’s meeting said they understood the reasoning behind the closure but urged the school board to consider any and all impacts before making a decision. The parents also noted the emotional impact of closing South Beaver Dam and the strong sense of community the school has fostered over the years. School Board Member Joann Tyjeski says she can sympathize with the emotional aspect of closing the facility but adds that students of South Beaver Dam will still be part of a strong school within the district.

Around $2.25-million dollars would be used to accommodate the new students at Jefferson. The school board also approved borrowing $5-million dollars this fall to address maintenance needs for the district and could borrow an additional $3-million dollars in 2021.