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Kindergarten student Bailey Erickson of Willmar reads a book during Nichole Gleason's class at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar in this May 17, 2008, file photo. The Willmar School District, in an effort to trim up to $3 million from its budget, is proposing closing Washington Learning Center and moving its programs to Kennedy, which is currently a K-4 school. The shifts and closings would lead to staff reductions that could save the district as much as $825,000 in the elementary and middle schools, ...

District officials eye major cuts as they look to balance budget

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WILLMAR -- Closing two buildings and realigning grades in four others were at the top of a long list of possible budget cuts presented to the Willmar School Board on Monday.

Board members met in a workshop setting to discuss the path they'd take to $2.5 million in budget cuts for the 2009-2010 school year. The cut would be about 6 percent of the district's current $41 million general fund budget.

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