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Published May 08, 2013, 10:05 PM

Pelican Rapids group wants to show importance of a new high school

Pelican Rapids, MN (WDAY TV) - Pelican Rapids school is trying to figure out how to win its next bond vote.

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.

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