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Voters in the Benson and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg school districts will go the polls on Tuesday to vote on school referendums. The voters in Benson will decide whether to provide more funding for school operations, and voters in the KMS district will decide whether to pay for school improvements. KMS will have two questions on its ballot. The first question will ask voters if they want to approve issuing $9.5 million in bonds to pay for improvements at the district’s two school buildings, a high school in Kerkhoven and an elementary school in Murdock.
Their banner says it for the students at Willmar Area Learning Center, “Bullying … Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!” Students in the alternative high school’s Service Learning class came up with the slogan and made the banner with white letters on a black background. Watch: Willmar Area Learning Center students tie-dye anti-bullying shirts October was National Bullying Prevention Month, and orange w
Sometimes, you just have to be willing to jump off the end of the dock. It’s not always comfortable for women to move into leadership roles, according to MaryAnn Doyle,...
WILLMAR — The Clara City Fall Arts and Craft Show this Saturday marks a milestone for its organizers Briggs Motley Promotions, who are celebrating their 40th year in business. Briggs Motley started with two young Clara City women who thought they could put on an OK craft show.
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board has started the process of developing personal goals for Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard. The board recently approved a new two-year contract for Kjergaard, which will run through June 30, 2016. At a workshop meeting, board members offered suggestions for goals.
WILLMAR — Willmar’s school facilities are aging and crowded, leaving officials with some tough decisions to make. A facilities task force has been meeting this fall to discuss those issues and develop a recommendation for the Willmar School Board. At a meeting Monday night, task force members worked in small groups to envision the district’s buildings 10 years into the future.
WILLMAR — It’s still unclear whether the Willmar School Board will adopt a new policy on allowing board members to work for the district. Board members at their meeting this week discussed a proposed policy that would not allow board members to work for the district but took no action.
WILLMAR — The annual audit of the Willmar Public Schools indicates a district with a healthy fund balance and a strong financial position. Paul Harvego, a partner with Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing accounting firm in Willmar, went over the district’s financial statements in a report to the School Board this week. “Overall, your position looks very good,” he said. “Your general fund is looking in very good condition.” The district ended the 2012-13 budget year with an undesignated general fund balance of $7 million, about 16 percent of general fund expenditures.
WILLMAR — Three members of the Willmar School Board have voted against a two-year contract renewal for Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard. The contract was approved on a 4-3 vote. The board approved the contract Monday, a rare split vote on an administrator’s contract renewal. After the meeting, the board members who voted against the contract talked about wanting a new direction for the district. Kjergaard said none of the three had talked to him before the contract vote, and he didn’t know why they had voted against him.
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the board room on the first floor of the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W. The agenda includes a report on the district’s annual audit and renewal of Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard’s contract through 2017. The board is also slated to discuss a new conflict of interest policy that would prevent board members from working for the school district and also to review a proposed job description for a communications coordinator.