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Willmar Public Schools closes on land

WILLMAR -- The purchase of land for a new elementary school in Willmar is final.Willmar Public Schools announced Tuesday that it had closed on the purchase of the land Tuesday morning. The purchase price was $800,000.The 32 acres of undeveloped l...

WILLMAR - The purchase of land for a new elementary school in Willmar is final.
Willmar Public Schools announced Tuesday that it had closed on the purchase of the land Tuesday morning.
The purchase price was $800,000.
The 32 acres of undeveloped land is an L-shaped parcel located at the intersection of Lakeland Drive and Willmar Avenue in southeastern Willmar.
It is directly east of the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA.
The land will be the site of a PreK-5 school which was approved by the school district’s voters in a bond referendum in May.
The school is expected to open in fall 2017.
The district had set aside $800,000 for the land purchase in the preliminary budget for the $52.35 million, two-year building program.
Negotiations on three possible school locations started in May, and the final site was chosen about two months ago.
The new elementary school is the largest project in the building program, which will eventually reach into every building in Willmar Public Schools.
The project includes a new science classroom wing at Willmar Middle School and a gymnasium addition at Willmar Senior High School. Remodeling and major maintenance efforts will take place in most of the district’s facilities.
Planning is well under way for the projects. Construction will begin first on the Middle School science classrooms this winter.
The district expects to break ground next spring for the elementary school and the senior high gym. Maintenance and remodeling projects will take place during the next two summers.

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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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