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MITCH taps new school board leader


MITCH Charter School has appointed a new school board chair, following the resignation of Norman Russell.

School board members selected Helen Cain to lead the seven-member board at its Jan. 30 meeting.

Cain, a MITCH board member since November, will serve as chairwoman until regularly scheduled board elections in June.

Russell resigned from the board in January, saying serving on the board had required too much of a time commitment. Russell’s resignation came within a few weeks of the resignation of the school’s executive director, Debi Lorence.

Lorence’s resignation brought to light a series of complaints made by teachers and parents about the school’s direction. Staff and families said the school had developed a sour atmosphere, systemic silencing of concerns and harassment through fear, leading one teacher to quit.

The school board’s next meeting is set for Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.

MITCH Charter School is located at 19550 S.W. 90th Court in Tualatin.