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|Board Member, Mesa County Valley School District 51, At-large|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Bachelor's||College of St. Thomas|
A Minnesota native, Mikolai graduated from the College of St. Thomas with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications. He has held a position on a TV station in Grand Junction since 1993. He and his wife, Kellie, have two sons attending Palisade High School.
Mikolai defeated challenger John Sluder to keep the District E seat on November 5, 2013.
|Mesa County Valley School District 51, District E General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Greg Mikolai Incumbent||51.9%||18,931|
|Source: Mesa County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," accessed December 16, 2013|
Mikolai began the race with an existing account balance of $614.00 from his previous campaign. He reported $9,129.40 in contributions and $8,861.76 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $886.64 on hand
Mikolai was endorsed by "Strong Schools, Strong Communities."
Mikolai stated the following about his goals on his website:
Although the last four years have been difficult, I have always had hopes to implement changes in our educational system in the Grand Valley to better serve our students. My primary goal is to work with teachers and schools to create more personalized and individually paced paths to graduation in District 51. Sometimes referred to as Personal Learning Pathways, the concept is to have students progress at their own pace, only moving through curriculum when they have demonstrated understanding of the material, thereby removing the problems associated with social advancement rather than academic advancement. This system would also make timely intercessions more practical, as students would demonstrate need through shorter intervals of rigorous assessment. I have provided links to video animations demonstrating some of the properties of this system.
Another goal is to increase use of technologies for teaching and demonstration of understanding content. Along with this is my hope that District 51 can become paperless, as much as possible, in the delivery of curriculum and administrative services.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Three seats on the Mesa County Valley School Board were up for election. Current District C seat holder John Williams and District E seat holder and Board President Greg Mikolai sought re-election to their seats, while District D seat holder Leslie Kiesler was term-limited.
About the districtMesa County, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Mesa County is home to 146,723 residents.
Mesa County underperformed in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011 compared to the state of Colorado. The median household income in Mesa County is $52,986 compared to $57,685 statewide. The poverty rate in Mesa County is 12.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 26.1% of Mesa County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Greg Mikolai for Mesa Valley School District 51 Board of Education, "Biography," accessed November 1, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Letter to the Editor The Daily Sentinel, "LETTER: Re-elect Greg Mikolai to the school board," published October 16, 2013
- Greg Mikolai for Mesa Valley School District 51 Board of Education, "Future Goals," accessed November 1, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Mesa County, Colorado," accessed October 31, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 4, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014