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Darlene Schroeder, president of Music Matters, center, addresses the Willmar School Board during a meeting Monday at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building. Schroeder was one of a group of speakers who went before school officials to praise the district's music program. The board voted to make nearly $2 million in cuts that included laying off a popular music teacher. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Students protest loss of music teacher

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WILLMAR -- High school music students helped pack the room at the Willmar School Board meeting Monday, hoping to save a favorite teacher from budget cuts.

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But after board members voted to make $1.75 million in budget cuts, music teacher Bryan Mara was one of those on the lay-off list.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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