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School Board Candidates

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June 10th is election day for local offices in North Dakota including city, school, and park boards.

Today, we are featuring the four candidates that hope to win one of the two openings on Minot's School Board.

Chris Baker says her background has allowed her to see what works in schools, and what doesn't. She believes Common Core standards are unattractive for good teachers.

(Chris Baker, School Board Candidate) "I don't like common core. Common Core is presented as having a tough national standard consistent from state to state. But is it? The standards are not tougher, just different."

Next, incumbent Laura Mihalick says after voters passed a bond issue, she wants to continue moving forward with Minot's Public Schools.

(Laura Mihalick, School Board Incumbent) "I was educated by the Minot Public Schools, as were my children and it has been a honor to work with the board, and the administration that we have at Minot Public Schools."

Another school board incumbent Steven Velk said he offers insight to how the school system has worked in the past. He believes that's how better futures are created.

(Steven Velk, School Board Incumbent) "Put the recovery behind us, and we're just about there. I know there is work to be done yet. I know there's other issues to be dealt with yet, and that's what we are doing."

Lastly, Lachelle Smith says she wants a hands on approach with the education system. She said her background in business and social work for children make her a suitable candidate.

(Lachelle Smith, School Board Candidate) "I just think it's the duty of a parent to be involved in their children's education as much as possible. As a stay at home mom, and an administrator for my husband's and I's construction business, I am lucky enough to be able to do this kind of involvement, I realize everyone is not."

Of those four, two will be elected in Tuesday's voting.

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