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Willmar School Board meets Monday, June 13, to approve budget for next school year

The Willmar School Board will meet Monday to consider the next school year's budget and seeking bids for a proposed expansion of Willmar Middle School. The board meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Willmar Education and Arts Center.

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WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board will meet Monday to adopt a budget for the 2022-23 school year.

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The board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Willmar Education and Arts Center.

Meetings are open to the public. The board sets aside time for public comments twice during its meetings. Comments on issues on the meeting's agenda are allowed at the beginning of the meeting. Comments about issues not on the agenda are heard at the end of the meeting.

The proposed budget projects revenue of $62.5 million in the district general fund and expenditures of $67.6 million.

The budget also includes $3.2 million in pandemic relief funds.

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Also on the agenda are seeking bids for a Willmar Middle School expansion project, approving the district's 10-year maintenance plan and approving transportation contracts for the next three school years.

The board will close the meeting to the public twice — once to discuss negotiations strategy with employee bargaining units and again to evaluate the performance of Superintendent Jeff Holm. Both of those reasons for closing a meeting are allowed under the state's Open Meeting Law .

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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