The following letter from Mill Creek Principal Jami Bronson was forwarded to Dexter residents earlier today.
Good Afternoon Mill Creek Parents.
Seven years ago, at the age of 41, I suffered a heart attack while working at Mill Creek. (Dang, the secret is out of the bag now, yes if you do the math I am 48 years old!) Of course the event was shocking and out of the blue and I am extremely thankful for the quick action of the office staff and school nurse.
My cardiologist informed me that my heart catheter showed arteries of a “ten year old” and the team surmised the cause of my heart attack was that my arteries have an issue of spasms. These spasms can restrict oxygen/blood flow to the heart, which in return can cause a heart attack.
Over the past few months the spasms have increased and I am under the care of wonderful University of Michigan physicians. I have been advised by my physicians to take a medical leave until March 21 as we document symptoms. During that time Assistant Principal Brett Pedersen will perform the duties of principal. From his past performance as a leader in the building I am confident that Mill Creek will not skip a beat…pun intended! I absolutely love my job and the thought of completely disconnecting from Mill Creek is, in some ways, more intimidating than the threat of a heart attack.
My leave will begin Monday, February 8, 2016 and the hope will be that I return March 21, 2016.