School Holding Ice Cream Socials

School Holding Ice Cream Socials Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools will be holding ice cream socials to talk about the future of their buildings.

The open houses take place on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rice Elementary School and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sauk Rapids Government Center.

Booths will be set up where community members can stop by, learn about different options, and give their reactions and suggestions.

School Superintendent Aaron Sinclair says the open houses come after 30 community meetings and a districtwide online survey.

"This whole process we've been going through is really about just reacting to what the community is looking for and so, we've got that feedback and Pleasentview was really the number one issue for people."

Pleasentview Elementary had four classrooms left unusable after a fire in January. He says most people told the district they would like to see the school rebuilt at its current site.

"We'll have some aerial views of how that could happen knowing there's some challenges to that with the reality that we would try to have school in session in the old building while we construct the new building, and what that staging and phasing would look like."

He says they estimate that it could cost between $35,000,000 and $37,000,000 to rebuild the elementary. Sinclair says any construction figures a very preliminary and aren't set in stone.

If the community appears to be supportive of the idea, the school district will look into what it would take to rebuild the school.

Ice cream will be provided at the open houses and families are welcome to bring their children.

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