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.

A woman in a blue mask stands behind a sneeze guard and rings up a customer with a dark jacket and light hair
Paul Sancya / AP Photo

Thank you, front-line workers. It’s a message you see everywhere in the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’d like to put some substance behind the gratitude. Whitmer’s proposed a program – Futures For Frontliners – to pay tuition for workers who want to earn a degree or certificate. Michelle Miller-Adams thinks that’s an excellent idea. The senior researcher at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research said so in a recent op-ed in Bridge Magazine.

The photo shows students in white lab coats in a laboratory.
Ben Margot / AP Photo

The Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency is still expanding technical training for students. But first the district needs to understand the changing labor market, says Superintendent Dave Campbell.

A sheet of "I voted" stickers with a flag motif and the phrase in different languages
Richard Vogel / AP Photo

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have boosted Kalamazoo County participation in this month's election. The Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency and a handful of townships and school districts have proposals on the ballot.

The picture shows a handwritten "closed" sign in a shop window with a dog-walking pedestrian in the background. The dog is white with brown spots.
Tony Dejak / AP Photo

Some African-American businesses in Kalamazoo have asked for an emergency loan. But many firms are not getting the help they need during the shutdown, say Nicole Parker, co-founder of Sisters in Business, and Nicole Triplett, founder of Black Wall Street Kalamazoo. Both groups promote African-American entrepreneurship in the Kalamazoo area.

A picture from a low angle of Battle Creek City Hall. A historic marker is in the foreground.

The COVID-19 shutdown is hitting the City of Battle Creek’s budget. City Manager Rebecca Fleury says the Battle Creek is facing a roughly $800,000 shortfall before the new fiscal year in July. The pain will continue in the next budget, when the city expects an almost $5 million loss in taxes, revenue sharing and fees.