School Board set to meet Monday in Blomkest WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Blomkest Community Center. The board normally meets in Willmar but periodically conducts its meetings in the other communities in...
School Board set to meet Monday in Blomkest
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Blomkest Community Center. The board normally meets in Willmar but periodically conducts its meetings in the other communities in the School District. Meetings in the other communities begin at 5:30 p.m.
The board will discuss potential budget cuts and consider whether to raise local property taxes to help fund a performance pay plan for teachers.
A committee of teachers and administrators has met since last fall to develop a performance pay plan, commonly called Q-Comp, for the district's teachers. The group will present its plan to the board Monday, in preparation for a teachers' meeting on May 5.
The group will ask the School Board to consider using a local tax levy to supplement additional state aid available to districts with Q-Comp plans.
The board will also review a list of budget cuts for the 2006-07 school year. The cuts and fee increases total about $850,000. The budget cuts are needed to address declining enrollment, rising costs and limited increases in state aids.
The board is not expected to take final action on the budget cuts until the May 8 and May 22 meetings.
Road construction on Hwys 7, 15 and 22 in Hutchinson to begin on Monday
HUTCHINSON -- Road construction on state Highways 7, 15 and 22 is expected to begin Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The $20.8 million, 2.4-mile construction project includes: grading, concrete and bituminous surfacing, curb and gutter, sidewalk, storm sewer, lighting, signals, and bridge replacement.
The project will be constructed in three stages; with two stages in 2006 and the final stage in 2007. Detours will be in place on Highways 7, 15 and 22 this year from May to November and next year from May to October.
Work will begin Monday at the intersection of Highway 7 and Bluff/Adams Street with installation of sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer.
Wednesday, weather permitting, Highway 7 traffic will be detoured north on Highway 15, east on McLeod Avenue/Sixth Avenue north, south on Bluff Street and east on Fifth Avenue northeast to Highway 7.
Adams Street traffic will be detoured west on Washington Avenue to Highway 15, north on Highway 15 to Highway 7. The detour adds approximately one half-mile.
Stage two of the construction will begin on or about May 22 and includes a bridge replacement on Highway 15 and construction on Highway 7 from Water Street to Bluff/Adams Street.
The final stage of construction will begin in May 2007 with construction on Highway 7 from Shady Ridge Road to Water Street.