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Published February 13, 2013, 09:45 PM

Pelican Rapids aiming for $18.5 million upgrades

Pelican Rapids, MN (WDAY TV) - The Pelican Rapids High School is in need of a serious upgrade, but renovations could cost nearly $18.5 million.

Pelican Rapids, MN (WDAY TV) - The Pelican Rapids High School is in need of a serious upgrade, but renovations could cost nearly $18.5 million.

Deb Wanek - Pelican Rapids Superintendent: "You go down there, you see more steps going up."

From the outside, you might say it just can't be, but it is - eleven different levels.

Deb Wanek: "We have no place for that now."

There is still, not enough room to grow. The science lab has seen generations come and go.

Deb Wanek: "It's had its use. It's served us very well."

After 30 years, it might be time for this classroom to graduate and move on.

Deb Wanek: "There's so many pieces to this, I wish I could say this is the one thing we are going to do, but it encompasses so much"

Pelican Rapids is also looking for a brand new gym.

Deb Wanek: "In the proposal, this will no longer be the competition gym. The competition gym would be the new gyms."

Renovations would include new locker room, wrestling and dance space, plus, better security to keep their students safe, and the oldest section of the building would be replaced. If the referendum passes, the cost would fall on citizens like Ed.

Ed Hanyzewski - Pelican Rapids Resident: "It always benefits the community."

If Ed owns a residential homestead worth $50,000, he would end up paying about $20 a year to fund the new additions.

Ed Hanyzewski: "I had my day, so why not give the rest of the kids their day also?"

But he says he'll need more information first.

Deb Wanek: "We are just starting to get information out."

The school plans on sharing more about their building bond and wants to stress how important this is.

Deb Wanek:"We don't want the expense from our programs, and I guess that's why we are bringing it to the voters."

More information will be available during a public meeting Tuesday, February 19th. It starts at 7 PM. The referendum vote is scheduled for March 12th.

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