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Published August 28, 2013, 10:22 PM

Pelican Rapids school gears up to get votes

Pelican Rapids, MN (WDAY TV) - Pelican Rapids' restorative referendum is now set in stone. But will it pass this time around?

Pelican Rapids, MN (WDAY TV) - Pelican Rapids' restorative referendum is now set in stone. But will it pass this time around?

That's what school officials are hoping for, considering the big changes they've added to the levy.

Deb Wanek- Pelican Rapids Superintendent"When you put a lot of time and effort in, you think it would pass."

Back in March, Pelican Rapids said “no” to a long-time push to improve its high school: An 18.5 million dollar referendum.

Wanek: "But we heard a lot from the public that they were truly unaware of what it encompassed.”

Some people saying they voted "no" simply because they didn't know enough.

This time around, they said it's all about getting the information out. So, all summer, that's what they've been working on.

Wanek: "We have a Facebook page and a website and we just need to be better at using those to get the information out."

Since school was out, group sessions have brainstormed how to pass the new plan, which asks for 22 million dollars.

Doug Berggeman- Pelican Rapids Teacher"If there's a fire, if there's an emergency; how are some of these kids going to get out of the building?"

Doug Berggemann has taught at Pelican Rapids for 22 years. He says the answer to this problem is a simple one.

Berggeman: “What do you want your community to stand for? And I think education is a great thing to stand for."

Most of the project remains the same. The school is looking to upgrade the gym: This time, adding a walking track, and rebuild a new fine art center which will replace the severely outdated 1928 auditorium.

But the superintendent says it's more about security.

Wanek: "This is a safety issue. We want to install some of the most high-level safety pieces."

The next vote is set for November 5th.

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