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MPS School Board Information
Minot Public Schools has five school board members who are elected for four-year terms. In this part of our web site, you can view our district budget, look at meeting materials and past meetings, and search.

School Board Members

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Jim Rostad: President

Jim Rostad has served on the Minot Public School Board since 2004.  Jim also served on the Board from 1988-1992.  He is a native of Carpio and is retired from Minot's Finest Collision Center. Jim has lived in Minot since 1973. Jim is the past president of the North Dakota School Board's Association. He is also the liaison to the Minot Air Force Base School Board. Jim is currently the first Vice-President of the Minot Area Development Corp. board of directors and serves on the resolutions board and member advisory board for Verendrye Electric. Jim is also a member of the Minot Lions Club and Christ Lutheran Church.  Jim and his wife, Verla, have two grown children, Jackie and Andy,  and have three grandchildren, Jasper, Juniper and Medora.


Phone: 701-833-8511 or 701-852-2392

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Laura Mihalick: Vice-President

Laura Mihalick graduated from Minot High School in 1979.  She attended Minot State University and is a graduate of Josef's School of Hair Design.  Laura is a full-time homemaker/mother and volunteer.  Laura serves on the Minot Public School Foundation Board, Souris Valley United Way Board and the ESP Board. Laura also is President of the TomatoFest Board, Charter Member of the Power of the Purse, President of the Taube Museum of Art, and Co-Chairs The Import Shop at Norsk Hostfest.  Laura volunteers at Washington Elementary, and is a Junior Achievement Volunteer.  She is a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Sons of Norway, Golden Oaks PTA, Minot Art Club, and The YMCA.

Laura and her husband, Tim Mihalick, are the parents of Eli - MHS 2005/ MSU 2010 and Nora - MHS 2010.  Laura and her family are members of First Lutheran Church.


Phone: 701-838-4811

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Steven Velk: Member

Steve Velk was born and raised in Havre, Mt. graduating from Havre Central High School and Northern Montana College.  He served in the US Navy as a medic and is a Vietnam Veteran. Steve was in the Banking Industry for 41 years. Steve retired as Vice President, Business Banking for Bremer Bank. Steve served as a director on a number of community and civic boards and remains active in community organizations. He is a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Steve and his wife Jackie have one daughter, Mattie and one granddaughter, Mekah.


Phone: 701-720-2826

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Mitch Kraft: Member

Mitch was born in Minot ND and attended Edison Elementary School.  It was the summer after the fourth grade that his family moved to the farm just North of Plaza North Dakota.  He is forever grateful for having that farming experience, it has had a significant impact in the man that he has become today.  After finishing High School Mitch attended and graduated from Minot State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.  Mitch is married to Janet. They have two wonderful children Julia and Chloe. He serves on the Minot Association of Builders board of directors, where he held the position of President in 2012. They have two active swim club swimmers in the family so it made sense to become a volunteer official, that role turned into Mitch's current position of President of the Minot Swim Club. Children are our future, as a parent it is my responsibility to make sure that not only my children but every child gets the best of our resources. 


Phone: 701-500-0808

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Mark Lyman: Member

Mark Lyman has lived in Minot since late 2002, is currently employed as a public relations and marketing consultant with Odney Advertising and was elected as a school board member in 2016. He is married to Katherine Lyman and is the proud father of two school-age children. Mark has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) in broadcast journalism and a master’s degree in management from Minot State University. He and his family are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoy participating in activities including swimming, music academy, and others.

He is proud of the community we live in and is looking forward to making a difference by serving on the school board.


Phone: 701-630-1443

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2017-18 School Board Meetings
Meetings in 2017-18 will be held in the Board Room at the Administration Building, 215 2nd St SE at 4:00 pm on the first Thursday of the month, unless otherwise specified. The dates of those meetings, with exceptions as noted, are as follows:

August 10, 2017

September 7, 2017

October 5, 2017 – 4:00 pm

November 2, 2017

December 7, 2017

January 11, 2018

February 6, 2018 (Tuesday)

March 15, 2018

April 5, 2018

May 10, 2018

June 7, 2018

July 19, 2018 (Annual Meeting)