School Superintendent Shelly Mason in Hospital

A report has been distributed to school personnel that El Tejon Unified School District Superintendent Shelly Mason was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia early Friday morning. She is reported to have had a cerebral event requiring brain surgery but is improving rapidly. She is reported to be already dictating lists of "things to do," including providing telephone numbers from memory for people to call to rearrange her schedule. Her family asks that the public not visit or call for now as she regains her strength, and says they will alert the community as to her progress. Cards and letters can be sent care of the ETUSD district office (P.O Box 876, Lebec, CA 93243).

"We are all very excited to hear that her update is so encouraging," said Frazier Mountain High School Principal Dan Penner. "ETUSD is operating well with ‘business as usual,’ and we are taking all the necessary steps for an interim superintendent in Shelly’s absence." He said the ETUSD Board of Trustees and the county have been advised. "More information is expected to be available about Mason’s recovery toward the end of the week," Penner said.

This is part of the May 01, 2009 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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