by Hank Sims
A Mendocino County public school administrator recently plunged to his death from one of the terrifyingly tall bridges that form the Confusion Hill bypass, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Kevin Jolly, who was just hired on as superintendent of Covelo's Round Valley School District, was 45 years old. He had been missing since last week; on Friday, his car was found parked near Confusion Hill. The P-D somewhat strangely relates third-hand intelligence to the effect that Jolly had been "sad" lately.
Before coming to Covelo, Jolly served only six months as head of the Burbank Unified School District. A July 3 editorial from the Burbank Leader hints at strife between the short-term superintendent and the faculty, while suggesting that Jolly had set high standards for that district.
The P-D notes that Jolly was the first person to die from falling off one of the two Confusion Hill bridges, which stand hundreds of feet above the Eel River and were opened to the public in 2009.