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Students wait for rides Tuesday outside Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar at the end of the school day. Willmar school officials voted to spend $1.5 million on a building addition at the school in an effort to reorganize the district's K-8 buildings and its early childhood and community education programs. Classes will moved from Washington Learning Center and Lincoln Elemetery School. Both buildings will close their doors. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

School officials vote in favor of expansion at Roosevelt Elementery School


WILLMAR -- It might seem counterintuitive for the Willmar School District to spend $1.5 million on a building addition while cutting $2.7 million from the district's operating budget.

School Board Chairman Brad Schmidt addressed that issue Monday shortly before the board voted unanimously to move ahead with building seven new kindergarten classrooms at Roosevelt Elementary School.

"This could be at least a 10-year solution" to the district's space and budget needs, he said.

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