Nancy Langseth, Minot
After serving 16 years on the Minot Public School Board, I wish to thank the citizens of Minot for allowing me to be a part of this very important aspect of our city our public schools. Visiting schools, attending school activities music, athletics, drama, club activities, working with staff and fellow board members in the continuing of high expectations, enjoying the professionalism and caring of our staff, and interacting with our students are some of the highlights of my years on the school board.
A short time ago the Minot High Class of 2012 graduated. It is always a wonderful afternoon, but this year was especially meaningful as the entire class stood in honor of their teacher, Michelle Larson, who had suddenly passed away. Then they did a cheer in her memory. They handled a difficult situation with dignity and spirit and it was very moving.
Citizens of Minot are so supportive of our schools and the students and it is very much appreciated. If I had one wish, it would be that even more of you would attend the concerts, musicals, dramas, and sporting events it is enriching for both the students and the observers. Most importantly, when there are open houses at schools, I hope many of you will attend, because these are your schools and they are educating your fellow citizens the children.
I have been privileged to serve with several school board members throughout the past 16 years. The current board members have been simply outstanding in keeping up with the "normal" operations as well as the extra duties, courtesy of the 2011 flood.
Three of the current board members had their homes flooded and understand the challenges that the students, their families, and staff have endured this past year. They are dedicated to education and to Minot. This is why I heartily encourage people to keep the incumbents Brenda Foster, Jim Rostad and Roger Kluck in their positions. Finally, there is a two-year term to be filled and Steve Velk would be an excellent addition to the board. He has been involved extensively with different organizations in Minot and is very humble regarding his volunteering in his community. Steve Velk, who is a longtime employee of Bremer Bank, would bring much financial knowledge to the school district in dealing with the multitude of issues related to the flood aftermath.
Again, thank you citizens of Minot for allowing me to serve 16 years on the Minot School Board. I will always look back on this experience with gratitude.