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Willmar Schools adjust budget to reflect pandemic effects

Apr. 16—WILLMAR — Willmar Public Schools will have a larger than expected budget deficit this year due to the effects of the pandemic.

The Willmar School Board adopted a revised 2020-21 budget at its meeting Monday.

Due to the effects of the pandemic, revenue has been reduced in some areas and increased in others. The same goes for expenditures.

Business and Finance Director Kathryn Haase said, “Being down about 200 students is really the primary reason the deficit for this year is greater.”

State aid to schools is based on average daily enrollment, so fewer students mean less funding.


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18 Massachusetts high schools add ‘Innovation Pathway’ programs to curriculum

WEST SPRINGFIELD — In an effort to further prepare students for careers after high school, the state has recognized 18 schools offering “Innovative Pathway” programs in everything from business and finance to manufacturing and health sciences.

“These early career programs provide students tremendous opportunities for future success in and out of the classroom by building partnerships with local employers to equip students with experience and knowledge in a growing field,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement.

In October 2019, Baker and Lt. Gov. Karen Polito announced the availability of $1.8 million in grants over three years from American Student

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Secure entry, air ionizers among summer improvements planned by Kalamazoo schools

KALAMAZOO, MI — Parents and students should expect to see more construction at Kalamazoo school buildings this summer, funded through the bond issue approved by voters in 2018.

The summer to-do list for Kalamazoo Public Schools includes another $2.4 million in campus improvements, including new school buses, a new secure entryway and remodeling at multiple buildings. The Board of Education approved the purchases at a meeting Thursday, March 25.

Gary Start, deputy superintendent of business and finance, presented the purchases to the board, stressing the importance of taxpayer-funded bonds to pay for district-wide improvements.

“I want to express my appreciation

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Proposed Pittsfield school budget would expand pre-kindergarten to all elementary schools | Local News

PITTSFIELD — All Pittsfield elementary schools would offer full-day pre-kindergarten under a proposed budget presented Wednesday. The plan seeks to close achievement gaps and provide mental and academic supports during the COVID-19 recovery.

The proposal comes after a year of financial uncertainty for school districts across the country. The district intends to use millions of federal coronavirus grant dollars to hire 22 staff to help students and educators deal with pandemic impacts over the next two years.

A preliminary spending plan proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker would increase the district’s state education funding by $1,170,548, though Assistant Superintendent of Business

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Kalamazoo Public Schools lost nearly 700 students in the last year

KALAMAZOO, MI — Enrollment at Kalamazoo Public Schools fell about 5% during the pandemic.

Districts across the state have reported falling student populations since the pandemic forced schools into virtual learning. KPS is one of the last large districts in Michigan to remain in fully virtual mode through the remainder of the school year.

Gary Start, deputy superintendent of business and finance, said KPS lost about 5%, or 690 students, from fall 2019 to fall 2020.

In fall 2019, the district enrolled 12,848 students. In the fall of 2020, 12,158 students were enrolled in the district, Start said.

The drop

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