Twelve years ago I came to Willard and during the first two weeks two young ladies walked into my office and introduced themselves as Willard Teachers. They then proceeded to share that they were taking college classes and were interested in working with me as interns for that school year. Fast forward to today one of the ladies left the district and spent several years as an administrator and is now teaching at the college level. The other is Mrs. Melinda Miller. I was immediately impressed with Mrs. Miller. She exhibited confidence, demonstrated a very unique since of humor, and impressed me as a person of integrity. She was one of the first individuals that I hired as an administrator in the Willard School District.
More than a decade later I have watched her grow as a leader not only in the Willard district but also in the Missouri Association of Elementary Principals. This past week Mrs. Miller was recognized as one of twelve distinguished elementary principals from around the state. Several district staff and Julie Germann, Willard Board of Education President, attended a banquet in her honor. We celebrated her dedication to Willard students and staff. We laughed about past stories and dreamed a little about the future. Missouri has over 1,200 elementary schools and Mrs. Miller was among the 1% recognized for exemplary service and dedication to Willard students, staff, and Missouri Public Education. Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Miller as one of Missouri's Distinguished Principals!
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Snow Make-Up Days
Due to the weather related school closings School will now be in session these days:
Monday, April 6
Thursday, May 21
Friday, May 22
If an additional day is missed the next makeup day would be:
Good Friday - April 3
Miller Named Southwest Missouri
Willard East Elementary Principal Melinda Miller was named the 2015 Distinguished Elementary Principal for the Southwest Missouri region by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP.) The announcement was made during the association’s annual DIstinguished Elementary Principals Recognition Banquet at Tan-Tar-a Resort this past Saturday.
High School Senior Selected For State Academic Honor
High school senior Tessa Peterson of Willard High School has been selected an “Honorable Mention” student in the 2015 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2015.
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Willard High School senior Kaelyn Yarbrough has been selected for the 2015 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2015.
District Completes Bond Refinancing
Willard Schools took action to refinance two series of General Obligation Bonds that will result in savings of $2,083,000 to district taxpayers. more
Willard Schools is currently accepting applications for substitute teachers, custodians, and bus drivers. If interested please complete an online application.
New Principal Named for
Willard Orchard Hills
Willard Public Schools is proud to announce the hiring of Dr. Garrett Prevo as the new principal for Orchard Hills Elementary School beginning with the 2015-16 school year. more
Kindergarten screening is just around the corner for children who will be age 5 before July 31st, 2015 and entering Kindergarten this upcoming school year (2015-2016). Dates are as follows.
With winter arriving we've updated our Frequently Asked Questions about school closings and our Late Start schedule for grades 7-12.