Benton Harbor School Board President Dies

Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education President Stephen Mitchell has died. Board Vice President Joseph Taylor issued a statement Tuesday, saying the board, the district, and the community “are forever grateful for President Mitchell’s leadership and his many years of service with Benton Harbor Area Schools.” He adds, “We are heartbroken and our prayers are with the Mitchell family.” The school district has not released a cause of death, but The Herald Palladium reports Mitchell suddenly fell ill. He was 71. An afternoon meeting of the school board that had been scheduled for Tuesday was cancelled.