With Bray support, the Denmark School District successfully passed two referendum questions in April 2017. The first question, totaling $14.9 million, was approved for improvements to the high school. The second question, which provides the district with $925,000 in operational funds per year for three years, will be utilized to continue district-wide educational programming and maintenance, as well as enhance safety and security, transportation, and technology.
An extensive, 57,750 square foot addition to the high school features a new agriculture lab, three-court gymnasium, fitness center, and auditorium support space. Supporting the school’s growing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, the new agriculture science lab facilitates hands-on learning such as animal research, handling and nutrition tests, and agricultural mechanics. The new gymnasium, fitness center, and multi-purpose room support physical education, athletic, and community needs. A new lobby accommodates school functions and athletic events held in the gymnasium while also providing access to the football and track field. The existing locker rooms have also undergone renovations.
The bulk of the school’s 18,300 square feet of renovation was focused within the auditorium and cafeteria. The auditorium received fixed seating to accommodate 600, while the adjacent cafeteria was equipped to function as auxillary space during larger performances. Improved accessibility, updated lighting, and sound systems were amongst other improvements. The added auditorium support space includes dressing rooms, areas for set construction, and storage.
The project also included the construction of a new maintenance garage to house district vehicles and equipment.