District Holding Tours of School Ahead of Referendum

District Holding Tours of School Ahead of Referendum Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle (KNSI)

(KNSI) - The Sauk Rapids-Rice School District is giving tours of Pleasantview Elementary School ahead of an upcoming referendum vote.

Voters are being asked to approve rebuilding Pleasantview on its current site.

Superintendent Aaron Sinclair says the idea for the tours came from the community.

"A number of individuals said that they really appreciate the opportunity to come in and see the building. And so, we're hosting a series of tours of the building to really give people the opportunity to come in and walk the building, allow me to show them where different pieces are, and show what the need is."

Sinclair says seeing the school helps put its issues in perspective.

"What I've found is a lot of people in the Sauk Rapids, and Rice community who've been in that building have a good sense of what we're talking about and what we're trying to change and correct about it. This is a great opportunity to see how the actual layout of the building is a bit of the challenge that we're trying to rectify."

District 47 officials say the school needs replacing because of deferred maintenance, its outdated design, and fire damage from a January blaze.

The tours are Wednesday, October 9th, October 16th, and October 22nd at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

People can sign up for the tours by calling or emailing the district.

The district is also holding a community information meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Rice Elementary and at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22nd, at Pleaseantview Elementary.

Voters head to the polls on November 5th.

For more on the referendum, click here.