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In a Surprise Kalamazoo School Trustees go for a two-fer

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Ken Graschak will be sworn in next week.
Mollie Peterson (far right) makes her surprise announcement.
Ken Graschak will be sworn in next week.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Just moments after Kalamazoo School Trustees picked Ken Greschak to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Trustee Mark Totten Friday evening, they were presented with yet another vacancy.

Trustee Mollie Peterson, who had just joined the board at the beginning of February announced that the demands on her time were too great, and she could not continue on the board.

It was a surprise that no one saw coming.

Several Trustees expressed their sadness at losing her, but also said they were not looking forward to going through the process of asking for applications, reviewing them and picking a replacement for a fourth time in the last seven months.

The Board decided Instead to dip back into their pool of candidates and plucked out another trustee.

By near unanimous choice they selected Tianna Harrison to fill Peterson’s term. Peterson abstained. 

She will be the fourth person to hold that seat since Ervin Armstrong was elected to the board and resigned for personal reasons last August.

Dr. Lonnie Duncan died from a heart attack New Years Eve and now Peterson has resigned after a month.

Harrison is the mother of three young children and certified to teach elementary. The board noted her ability to respond to questions without referring to notes and her background in education as good reasons to put her on the board. 

Ken Greschak is the director of Fund Development at Friendship Village, and has a daughter at Loy Norrix High School.  His background and his past involvement in the district were cited as assets that would be a welcome addition to the panel.  

They could be sworn in at the next school board meeting this Thursday night.

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