Velk, Mihalick to run again

Veteran school board members Steven Velk and Laura Mihalick are both running again for the Minot Public School Board in June.

Velk, a retired commercial banker at Bremer Bank, has served on the board for nearly two years. He said he has enjoyed serving on the board, has learned a lot and wants to try to continue to serve the public.

Velk said the district’s biggest challenge continues to be the ongoing population growth in the school district and crowding in school classrooms. The district was fortunate to receive approval on a bond issue last month that will pay for construction of a new elementary school and two new additions at Perkett and Edison Elementary, said Velk.

Velk’s wife is former school board member Jackie Velk. They have one grown daughter.

Laura Mihalick has served on the school board for six years. She said she’s running again because she enjoys serving the school district.

Mihalick is an active volunteer at the schools and with the Junior Achievement program and also is regularly in and out of the schools as part of the school board. Like Velk, she said the biggest challenge the district faces is the growth of the school system. She said it felt good to have the backing of the school district voters on the bond issue.

Mihalick has two grown children, both of whom attended Minot Public Schools.

Velk and Mihalick are being challenged by Lachelle Smith and Chris Baker for the two open terms on the school board. The Minot Daily News earlier profiled Smith and Baker.

The terms on the board are for four years.