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Leadership shift at MAPS

November 3, 2010
By CLAIRE ABENT Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE - The Marquette school board will have a new look next year.

Brian Cherry, a Northern MIchigan University professor, and Mike Kohler, a Marquette city police detective sergeant, were voted into office Tuesday.

They beat-out incumbents Kellie Ann Holmstrom, who is the board president, and Trustee Norm Gruber.

Cherry led with 4,272 votes and Kohler came in second with 4,165 votes. Both seats are four-year terms.

Holmstrom received 3,903 votes and Gruber received 2,320.

"I am very pleased and happy with all the support I received," Cherry said. "I hope that I can get in there and start working with the current board members."

Cherry said he is looking forward to the position and thanks the community for all the support during his campaign.

"I'm really ready to start working toward some positive changes in the Marquette Area Public Schools," he said. "I just appreciate the support of all the community members that came out. It was really nice to see the community out to support public education."

Kohler said he was feeling good and looking forward to getting started on the board.

"I'm looking forward to working with everybody - from the community to the schools - and trying to get some positive things accomplished and hopefully make a change to make certain things better," he said.

If not for the support of the community and getting out the vote, he would not have been successful, Kohler said.

"You can't do it by yourself. They actually got out and voted," he said.

Holmstrom said she wanted to thank the people who have supported her during her time on the board.

"And I'd like to congratulate Cherry and Kohler ... and encourage them to learn as much as they can about the issues and the district," she said.

Gruber was not available for comment this morning.

Claire Abent can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her e-mail address is



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