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Willmar Superintendent Jeff Holm announces plan to retire in June 2024

At a Willmar School Board workshop meeting to discuss the board's agenda for the next three years Thursday, Superintendent Jeff Holm told the board that he planned to retire in June 2024, when his current contract expires. Holm said he told the board two years in advance so they would have ample planning time.

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A file photo of the Willmar Public Schools sign at the Willmar Education and Arts Center, where the administration offices are located.
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WILLMAR — Willmar Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Holm announced his plans to retire in June 2024 at a Willmar School Board meeting Thursday evening.

The board met in a workshop session to discuss its agenda for the next three years as part of a periodic review of the district's strategic plan.

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Jeff Holm, Willmar Superintendent
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Part of the three-year board agenda included renegotiation of the superintendent contract for the 2024-25 school year.

Holm said he hadn't necessarily wanted to make his announcement so early, but he did it to give the board time to plan.

Board members discussed their options with Holm and consultant Ray Queener of Teamworks International of Centerville. Teamworks worked with the board to develop the strategic plan in 2016.

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They discussed options, including searching for a new superintendent in a year or trying now to hire a person who might be able to move into the superintendent job when Holm retires.

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The board reached a consensus to have Holm hire an assistant superintendent who could learn how the district operates. That person would not be guaranteed the top job, but could be ready to step in if chosen to do the job, Queener said.

The board plans to recap its discussion at its board meeting March 14.

Read more of this story in the Saturday West Central Tribune.

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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