ST. CLOUD -- A rally was held at Lake George Saturday morning to build support to pass a $167 million referendum for District 742.

If passed, the referendum would build a new Tech High School, update the existing Apollo High School and update technology and security at eight schools in the area.

Photo by Isaac Schweer, WJON

Superintendent Willie Jett spoke to the crowd before lawn signs and flyers were handed out to the volunteers.

"The turnout is fantastic," says Cindy Harner, co-Chair of Neighbors for School Excellence, helped organize the rally. "It really shows how many people are behind this referendum and how many supporters we have."

"The rally for education is just part of what we're doing," says volunteer Janet Reagan. "We're doing phone calls, door knocking, literature drops -- so this is just one part of the puzzle."

"We're cautiously optimistic -- we know we have the numbers, we know we can win, but [our supporters] have to go out and vote."

Voting on the referendum is on November 3rd.


Photo by Isaac Schweer, WJON