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Willmar School Board to discuss terminating 103 teachers

WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the board room on the first floor of the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W.The agenda includes the board's annual resolution terminating the contracts of all ...

WILLMAR - The Willmar School Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the board room on the first floor of the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W.
The agenda includes the board’s annual resolution terminating the contracts of all non-tenured teachers in the district, a total of 103 employees. All but 13 of the teachers on the list are full-time.
If the board follows the pattern of years, most of those employees will be rehired in the next few months. A teacher must work in the district for three years to be eligible for tenure.
The list includes at least 30 elementary teachers, 12 English Language Learner teachers, 14 special education teachers and nine math teachers. Other teachers to be laid off work in other disciplines. Others on the non-tenured list include instructional coaches, reading instructors and guidance counselors.
Other items on the agenda include a resolution terminating 16.5 staff positions and the one-act play program. Those changes were included in a list of 2016-17 budget cuts approved by the board last month.
The board is also scheduled to approve a 2016-17 school year calendar, approve a labor agreement with library/general paraprofessionals and to hear an update on contract negotiations with the district’s teachers.
The board listens to public comments related to agenda items at the beginning of the meeting. Those who want to comment on issues not on the agenda may do so at the end of the meeting.
Board meetings are shown live on Willmar local cable access channels. The meeting is scheduled to be shown live Monday on channel 18 on En-Tel and channel 181 on Charter. Recordings will be shown on channel 19 on En-Tel and 188 on Charter at 9 p.m. Monday and at noon and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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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