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By Natascha Watercott
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Willow River approves maximum levy


September 27, 2018

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Willow River's School Board approved the district's seal.

At the September 18 Willow River school board meeting, the board approved the maximum for all levy categories for 2018 payable 2019. "We want to remain flexible in case we have a change ... so I would propose we go with the maximum levy," explained Superintendent/Elementary Principal Bill Peel. The levy can be lowered but not raised after September 30.

The board also approved a new, five-year agreement with BerganKDV for audit services, which has been conducting the district's audit for the last five years. The cost for next year's audit services was quoted at about $19,000, an increase from previous years. Peel noted this is in part due to the district adding a group health insurance plan and adjustments made to the pension plan. "It's a great company; they're well known. They do a great job for us," commented Peel.

The new district seal was approved. At last month's meeting, the board discussed the need to better identify the Willow River Area School District as an educational institution. The board had put together several options and allowed the community to comment via online survey.

Peel stated they received 100 responses, 86 percent of which approved of the seal and either liked or loved the design. Many comments however stressed a need for more color. Peel stated they redesigned a version of the seal with more color, but found that it became distorted when printed. With that in mind, the board approved the original design. Peel added that they can always change the seal later; the board just wanted to have one approved for this year.

The board gratefully accepted a $500 donation from the Sturgeon Lake Lions Club for the National Honor Society.

The board welcomed several new hires: Brenda Hall – special education paraprofessional, Amanda Mlaskoch – Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS) paraprofessional, Christina DeRungs – Title I paraprofessional, Tera Trollen – early childhood paraprofessional, and Bethanie Svacina – special education paraprofessional.


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