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Willmar approves contract with new superintendent

WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board has approved a three-year contract with its new superintendent Jeffrey Holm. Holm will join the district on July 1. He is leaving Minot Public Schools in Minot, N.D., where he has worked as a principal and assi...

WILLMAR - The Willmar School Board has approved a three-year contract with its new superintendent Jeffrey Holm.
Holm will join the district on July 1.
He is leaving Minot Public Schools in Minot, N.D., where he has worked as a principal and assistant superintendent for nearly 20 years.
According to the contract approved Monday evening, Holm will earn an annual salary of $161,000 for the 2015-2016 school year; $163,415 for the 2016-2017 school year; and $165,866 for the 2017-2018 school year.
Holm is a Minnesota native from Barnesville and has spent most of his career in North Dakota and South Dakota.
He has worked as an elementary teacher, a principal and a special education director. He has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota.
During his interviews, he told the board that he has had experience with elementary school construction.
Voters in the Willmar area recently approved a $53.25 million building project that will include construction a new elementary school in Willmar.
He told the board he had a coaching style of leadership based on finding common goals. He listed his strengths as integrity and modeling good behavior for others.
Asked what he’d like his achievements to be after his time in Willmar, Holm said he’d like people to know that student achievement increased, that the district had a culture of support in the community and that there was a collaborative culture among all involved with the district.

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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