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I am writing a letter of endorsement for Superintendent Michelle Hutchins. I met our Superintendent in 2019, and have had the sincere pleasure of working side by side with her as past president and current board member.
I would like to address Superintendent Hutchins response to the pandemic. Nobody could have predicted the impact and toll it would take on our students and staff. I vividly recall our last in-person board meeting at our Juvenile Hall school in 2020. Superintendent Hutchins was called away a few times with urgent phone calls, respectful to not disturb the flow of our meeting. Little did I know she was getting instructions to close down facilities, a huge feat never accomplished by any Superintendent preceding her. After our adjournment we stood outside in a tight circle to say our goodbyes, and the first words out of her mouth were, “We need to stand six feet apart “, and the rest is history.
From that moment on, Superintendent Hutchins worked tirelessly to establish connections with our public health office. When the widely respected Dr. Coren took over we had a clear and consistent flow of information. Once that communication was established, Superintendent Hutchins was in constant contact with public health and shared her knowledge via emails, web conferences and public radio. Her collaborative effort provided our community with the pertinent information we needed as it became available, providing stability during the pandemic. The pandemic was a true test of our public leaders, and our Superintendent pulled through with grace, compassion, strength, and intelligence. I would be honored to serve beside Michelle Hutchins for a second term.
Mendocino County Board of Education member , Area 1