Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

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.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

As the academic year begins, Kalamazoo Public Schools is wrapping up a summer of construction. Voters approved a $97 million bond issue last year - the largest in the district’s history. Facilities Director Karen Jackson says KPS finished about $5 million worth of 2018 bond projects in the last few months.

A young woman plays a ukulele and sings into a microphone on a stage with a red curtain.
Courtesy photo / Megan Dooley

Musician and entertainer Megan Dooley says she’s been getting anonymous calls since a run-in with three men in Proud Boys shirts in downtown Kalamazoo last Saturday. One caller threatened to cause trouble at her next show, but she says her fans are too smart to be baited.

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Climate change has been on weighing on Josh Gottlieb’s mind. The Kalamazoo Central High School teacher says when his young children are grown, he wants them to know he fought for a habitable planet. Last spring he went to his students and asked what they could to together.

“Basically, what the students said is we want to deliver the United States to Greta,” he said. They were referring to Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist who famously started skipping school on Fridays to protest inaction on the climate crisis.

This has been a busy summer for climate activists in Kalamazoo. They’re eager to mobilize amid warnings that the world faces catastrophe if it doesn’t drastically cut carbon emissions, and soon. For Kalamazoo Central High School teacher Josh Gottlieb, and rising senior Chloe Carlson, that means bringing the movement to school. 

A row of books on a tall bookshelf.
Michael Rubinkam / AP Photo

Attitudes are changing in the library world about fines for overdue books. More and more libraries are dropping them, and Kalamazoo’s public library may soon join the list.