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Forum staff reports, Published August 27 2013

Pelican Rapids school vote scheduled Nov. 5

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. – Pelican Rapids School District voters will go to the polls Nov. 5 to decide on a $22 million plan for major renovations to the high school and junior high school.

The school board voted to move forward with the bond referendum earlier this month, Superintendent Deb Wanek said.

The referendum is similar to one defeated in March.

The plan calls for replacing the old auditorium and wrestling and weight room areas, Wanek said, and upgrading the science labs and electrical systems in the buildings.

She said it will also add classrooms in the junior high school and build a new gymnasium with a three-lane walking track. There would also be revisions to the parking lot, and a secure entrance would be built.

The walking track will be available for use by city residents, Wanek said.

She said the cost of this referendum is higher than the $18.5 million plan put forward in March because construction costs and interest rates have gone up.