Pelican Rapids group wants to show importance of a new high schoolPelican Rapids, MN (WDAY TV) - Pelican Rapids school is trying to figure out how to win its next bond vote.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Pelican Rapids, MN (WDAY TV) - Pelican Rapids school is trying to figure out how to win its next bond vote.
Tonight it was all about the details and getting out the information about a possible new school.
It was all part of a public meeting where people from all over the community came together to try to strategize their next move and how to spread the word.
Deb Wanek, Pelican Rapids Schools Superintendent: "We'll try to collect all of these thoughts."
Nine groups of people, from all walks of life, in one room to simply think.
Everett Ballard, Project Advocate: "There comes a time when it just needs to be fixed."
Trying to find a way to express just how badly they need to replace the high school. The new project would upgrade classrooms, provide a safer environment and offer more space.
Ballard: "Probably five, six teams fighting for one gym space when they couldn't go outside to practice."
The district says it's also in desperate need of a new fine arts center.
Sean Fitzsimmons, PRHS Band Director: "Acoustically it's really, really so much worse than people could possibly imagine."
But this "yes" team isn't letting the last bond get them down. Just a few months ago the $18.5 million vote was defeated, 60% saying no to the project.
Wanek: "You see a lot of energy in this room and a lot of people are interested in getting the information out and I don't think we had that before."
Ideas were proposed like virtual tours, hands outs and face-to-face communication, anything to get the word out.
Ballard: "Without the information out there, they're just looking at a tax increase. And that's not what this is about."
A date to vote was also on topic, and most groups were leaning towards October.