Grace Baltich files for Anoka-Hennepin board seat

Champlin native Grace (Molenaar) Baltich has filed to be a candidate for the Anoka-Hennepin School Board in District 3.

“It would be an honor to serve the students and families of my hometown of Champlin as well as the cities of Dayton and Coon Rapids on the school board,” Baltich said.

According to Baltich, the Anoka-Hennepin schools and her family have been the foundation to her success in life.

After graduating in 1995 from Champlin Park High School, Baltich went on to receive her bachelor’s in social work degree from the College of St. Benedict and subsequently, her master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota while working full-time as a social worker. Baltich has worked with children and families for over a decade.

Among her community volunteer roles, Baltich works with the Anoka-Hennepin Faith and Community Partnership through her church, Champlin United Methodist. Also through her church, she is very active with ISAIAH, a faith-based organization, which has as one of its focuses, closing the student achievement gap.

Baltich said she has served in many leadership roles, including past co-chairperson of the Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council Executive Board, past co-chairperson of the Minnesota chapter of National Association of Social Workers’ PACE Committee, current president of her AFSCME Local 2685 and Council 65 and chairperson of the North Suburban Advisory Council.

Baltich and her husband Jim of 14 years returned to Champlin to raise their family.

“I want my children as well as all children to receive just as great of an education as I received growing up here.” Baltich said.

“We need to continue closing the achievement gap, make sure all children are ready for kindergarten and ensure all students are college or career path ready by the time they graduate.”

According to Baltich, she pledges to continue and build on the thoughtful proactive work of the Anoka-Hennepin School Board at all levels of the community and governance to secure equitable funding for every student. “As a mom, social worker, community volunteer and leader, I will work hard every day to ensure all kids receive the highest quality education possible so that they will have the skills necessary to succeed in life.”

Baltich can be contacted at 763-250-1047 or gracebaltich@gmail.com.

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