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Kjergaard hosts meeting on levy this afternoon

WILLMAR -- Willmar Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard will host an informational meeting, titled "A Community Investment," to discuss the district's operation levy referendum.

The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the board room on the first floor of the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W.

Kjergaard will host similar meetings at noon on Oct. 7 and at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14.

Families, business leaders and concerned residents are encouraged to attend the meetings to ask questions and discuss the levy with Kjergaard.

Voters will be asked in the Nov. 2 election to revoke a current levy of $498.49 per pupil unit and replace it with a levy of $898.49. The new levy would last 10 years. The $498.49 levy is set to expire in another year.

School Board members have said they believe the levy can help strengthen the district's financial stability and will help them avoid making major budget cuts for a few years.

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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