As director of food and nutrition services for Willmar, Montevideo and New London-Spicer schools, Annette Derouin was always on the lookout for a program that could offer a new way to feed kids. She brought locally grown food to school cafeterias, and has been honored by the state and national school nutrition associations.
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.
Federal pandemic relief funding has helped keep Willmar Public Schools operating for the past couple years, but as the funding recedes, budget cuts could be on the way. Since three-quarters of the district's budget is in employee pay and benefits, it's likely staff cuts could be coming in 2023.
Airsoft guns aren't real guns, but they can look like the real thing. A student was found to have carried an airsoft gun into the Willmar Senior High School Friday afternoon, the last day of school for the year. In a separate incident, another student had a splatball gun, which shoots small paintballs, in his possession in the school.
Free meals for anyone 18 years old and younger will be available at Willmar Public Schools this summer, from June 8 through Aug. 26 at Lakeland Elementary School and at several other buildings during the June summer school session.
Willmar Public Schools will be doing masonry maintenance work at Willmar Senior High this summer and will be building a new, more secure entrance to Roosevelt Elementary. Smaller projects like installing energy-efficient lighting and updating classrooms are an annual part of summer building projects.
Students from Focus House, a program to help people with special needs prepare for living on their own, have spoken to fourth-graders in the past month about bullying and how to address it. Many of the young adults from Focus House said they've been bullied in the past.