On Friday March 7th, Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools, Paul Tichinin announced to his staff and the County Board of Education that he would not file to run for another four-year term in office.
He will retire in January 2015, at the end of his current term and after a 40 year career in education, 20 years as the Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools. Tichinin is currently the longest serving county-wide elected official in Mendocino County.
"I was hesitant to retire without a qualified candidate running, but when MCOE's Associate Superintendent Paul Joens-Poulton came forward, I was excited to endorse him and throw my support behind his candidacy, knowing I would leave MCOE in capable hands.
Paul Joens-Poulton has the expertise and experience at the level to successfully lead the Mendocino County Office of Education and he has a strong vision for the future of our schools. He is the only candidate with first-hand knowledge of what services a quality County Office of Education needs to perform and how to deliver them effectively."
Superintendent Paul Tichinin shared with his staff that during the next nine months he will focus on the continuing work, initiatives, and projects of MCOE. The new Local Control Funding Formula legislation changes and redefines the core functions of county offices of education. The implementation of Common Core and national standards also alters the duties of school districts in the education of students and the accountability for their successes.
"There is much work still to be done" said Superintendent Tichinin as he expressed his pride in all of the County Office staff and the services they provide to ensure the possibility of educational success for all of the 13,000 plus students in Mendocino County.
"It has been an honor to serve the diverse communities of Mendocino County. I am looking forward to finally having the time to completely fill my abalone diving card and enjoy the beaches, forests, vineyards and natural surroundings of our beautiful Mendocino County. I want to thank all the voters for their support and the trust they placed in me to lead our educational community over the last 20 years."
[from the Mendocino County Office of Education]