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Auditorium planning group is 'looking long'

Public input is being encouraged by the ad hoc "auditorium committee." The group doesn't have a creative, high-powered name for itself yet, but there is some intense, high-powered brainstorming going on.

Public input is being encouraged by the ad hoc "auditorium committee." The group doesn't have a creative, high-powered name for itself yet, but there is some intense, high-powered brainstorming going on.

This long range planning group has taken on a mission that is really farther reaching than just high school auditorium improvements. Crucial to the discussion is the Perham-Dent school board's plans for a new high school in 15 to 20 years. Renovations of the auditorium need to dovetail with the other long range facilities planning. Also, athletic facilities are a serious component in the planning process.

The group met for the second time Oct. 15, and the ideas kept on flowing.

The group concluded that it would be beneficial to conduct a study to assess demand and support for facilities that could ultimately attract business, families and students from other districts and towns.

The consensus was to start generating public discussion to find out what people want; and find out what they're willing to support. Take the drawn-out plans "on the road" to people of interest. Get input and involve a much larger cross-section of people to move forward. Meetings--very soon--with the PACC board and the Perham City Council will also be planned.

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These decisions will affect the school district and city for many years in the future, so the group stressed the importance of gathering information in cooperation with the city and other entities that may have visions of their own. All factions and constituencies need to move forward in the same direction with common goals.

The group plans to meet again on November 12 . In the meantime, the committee will be talking to people and organizations.

For our part, we would welcome commentary on the long range planning. To send a letter to the editor to the Enterprise, our email address is editor@eot.com .

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