By Jackie Nelson
Late Monday afternoon, Hesston Middle School announced the passing of sixth grade teacher Renee Fitzgerald.
According to Superintendent Paul Becker, an email was sent to parents on Monday evening and parents of sixth grade students were notified individually of Mrs. Fitzgerald death.
Becker said counselors Jill Toews, Donna Schadler and Stephanie Litton will be available.
“There will be support for students. [Tuesday] We had our other counselors present and on an as-needed basis for kids who need some support,” he said.
As of deadline on Tuesday afternoon, there were no plans for a memorial at USD 460.
“We are not aware of any plans at this time,” he said.
Becker said counselors and educators will work to keep school days as routine as possible.
“We are trying to keep everything as normal as best we can. That is what we are trying to do at this time,” he said.
Becker said on a personal level he was proud to have worked with Mrs. Fitzgerald.
“Renee was a wonderful lady. She had a very good rapport with her students and I consider myself privileged to have worked with her as a fellow educator. She is going to be missed,” he said.
The Record is working with USD 460 administrators and through Twitter to collect memories of ‘Mrs. Fitz.’ To share your memories of Mrs. Fitzgerald tweet @RecordTime #MrsFitzMemories.