December 5, 2023


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Joseph Herd For Grosse Pointe Public Schools

Joseph Herd, a Grosse Pointe Woods resident is running for Grosse Pointe Public Schools.

Age: 58
Party affiliation: N/A
Family:Wife Verlona, 3 children have been in Grosse Pointe Schools
Occupation:Deputy Chief United States Probation (Retired) 28 Years
Previous elected experience:Appointed to Board of Education in January 2020
Family members in government:No
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The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
The single most pressing issue is response to the pandemic. From a school board perspective, oversight of the school system during the pandemic to ensure that our students continue to receive a quality education

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
I have current experience dealing with the issues facing our district including, oversight of when and how we return to school safely and the implementation of reconfiguration following the closing of two schools. I and another incumbent, Kathy Abke, are the only two candidates in this position.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
I have demonstrated the ability to make sound decisions under pressure as a board member and as Deputy Chief Probation Officer for the Eastern District of Michigan.

What steps should state government take to bolster economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic for local businesses?
State government could attempt to secure additional funding from the federal government to assist businesses impacted by the pandemic.

How will you address the calls for racial justice and police reform?
A board resolution, which I helped to co-author, addresses barriers in environment, curriculum and staff that can potentially impede the participation and development of students. As a board member I would consult with the superintendent to provide support for professional development of staff in this area and the hiring of diverse school personnel.

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What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

This article originally appeared on the Grosse Pointe Patch

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