In the days after it was announced that former Burbank Unified Supt. Kevin Jolly fell to his death from a bridge in Northern California, disbelief, confusion and sorrow continue to reign.
Jolly, who was pushed out after just six months at Burbank Unified, had barely started his new role as superintendent of a small but struggling school district in Mendocino County. It was the sort of challenge his colleagues said he was apt to take on — turning around a school system rife with problems.
Instead, news of his sudden death sent shockwaves through a community here where tragedy is rarely associated with the realm of education. A lack of information on how the fall happened, especially given that there is a 4 1/2-foot-tall pedestrian barrier along the bridge, only amplified emotions as the public was forced to consider the one of two very tragic likely scenarios.