SAUK RAPIDS -- After a May 2017 referendum failed, the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District is regrouping their efforts to better understand why.

The district will be conducting two community survey's later this month. The first will be a phone survey, led by Minneapolis marketing firm Morris Leatherman Company, and will start next week. The survey will be random and is completely anonymous for district residents.

The second survey will be available online on the district's website. It will be open from November 13th through November 21st.

Once both surveys are completed, the data will be analyzed and a final report will be presented to the Sauk Rapids-Rice School Board, Facilities Task Force and public in December.

The surveys are meant as a way to evaluate, and understand the community's values and how it applies to the future of Sauk Rapids-Rice schools.

The referendum proposal was for $86.9-million broken into two options: $56.9 million for upgrading all district facilities and building several new ones including a new elementary school and athletic facilities at the high school, and $30 million to rebuild Pleasantview Elementary where it is now.

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