After a long process, we listened to community members who provided priorities for the district to consider as it looked at its current budget and future possibilities. With those considerations in mind, the Willmar School Board voted unanimously to approve levy and bond referendum questions for the Nov. 7 election.
- Question 1 would generate approximately $3 million in annual revenue to be used to maintain class sizes and programming, notably for mental health support, as well as provide greater flexibility for student opportunities.
- Question 2 is a $6.1 million bond to construct a new gymnasium for the middle school, providing more adequate physical education space for students.
If voters approve the plan, the funds would:
- Maintain mental health support
- Maintain existing class sizes and make adjustments when needed
- Maintain a broad variety of academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular programming
- Attract and retain quality staff
- Lead to financial stability
- Provide the ability to enhance student opportunities when it is needed
- Provide middle school students with the gymnasium space that they deserve
What if the referendum is not approved?
If the operating levy or bond fails, the middle school gym will not be constructed and the district will continue looking at options for additional physical educational space, including filling in the pool.
There are three ways a district can balance its budget:
- Increase revenue
- Reduce expenses
- A combination of the two
The district has made significant reductions to its budget in the past, including reducing staff.
Read the specifics of what’s on the ballot on the Election Information page.