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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.

KPS Trustee Craig Herschleb On Why He's Seeking Another Term

Sehvilla Mann

Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education Trustee Craig Herschleb says the district has made big strides on its graduation rate in his six years on the Board.

"In June of 2005, we had 454 graduates and last year we graduated 692 graduates," he told WMUK, but he added that the rate still needs to improve.

Among the Board's other achivements, Herschleb counts the expansion of its mentoring program and the passage of a bond that will pay for, among other things, more scratch-cooking food for students, and a "balanced" calendar at the Washington Writers' Academy and Woodward School for Technology and Research that the district hopes will prevent "summer slide," or decline of students' skills over a long break.

In the interview, Herschleb discusses KPS' suspension rate, its approach to security, and its need for continued improvement on graduation and reading.

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.