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WMUK reached out to each of the candidates running for Board of Education in Kalamazoo and Portage. Here you can listen to interviews with the four candidates who are actively campaigning in Kalamazoo, and one candidate from Portage.

PPS Trustee Joanne Willson Tells WMUK Why She's Seeking Another Term

Sehvilla Mann

The Portage Public Schools district is in the midst of overhauling its facilities. Trustee Joanne Willson says improving the district's buildings and sports fields has been the PPS Board of Education's greatest achievement in the eight years since she was first elected.

"I've watched us build up and be successful on a $144 million bond which we are about a third of the way through, which is two new middle schools, athletic events, swimming pools, more security, more technology, more buses," Willson says.

In an interview with WMUK, Willson, who is running for another term on the PPS Board, explains why she believes security is one of the district's biggest challenges, and what standardized MSTEP scores reveal about the district's achievement gap.

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.