Progress at the Turner STEAM Project

Tools of education: Construction of additional classrooms at Turner High underway

July 17, 2020

By BRAD ALLEN Staff writer | Beloit Daily News

TOWN OF BELOIT — The construction of additional classrooms and workshops at Beloit Turner High School is moving closer to completion, and Superintendent Dennis McCarthy says families will have something to look forward to this fall.

CCI Constructs Turner STEAM Addition

Justin Dahl with Corporate Contractors Inc. operates a drill Thursday afternoon while working on constructing additional classrooms at Beloit Turner High School. Brad Allen/Beloit Daily News

The roughly $3.9 million Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) construction project is part of a voter approved 2018 referendum in the Beloit Turner School District.

McCarthy said the construction of new classrooms, outdoor learning spaces and commons areas at the high school should be substantially completed by August, and the areas will be fully operational in time for the 2020-21 school year, which begins Sept. 1.

Meanwhile, construction of a new elementary school on a 14-acre plot of land along South Bartells Drive also is underway.

“It is exciting to see the STEAM addition take shape, and we are confident this space will have a major impact on our students’ college and career aspirations for years to come,” McCarthy said. “While we have so many present day worries affecting our communities, watching the grounds take shape and seeing our plans come to fruition gives us all something very positive to look forward to in our future.”

About 15,000 square feet is being added onto the middle and high school campus. McCarthy said the additions will ultimately provide students five times as much space to work with compared to previous years.