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College students mourn lack of instructor

GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – College students and employees on Thursday had been mourning the demise of Greenup County Excessive College instructor and coach Jamie Kennedy.

A well being instructor and assistant soccer coach, Kennedy’s passing away was introduced Wednesday by Superintendent Traysea Moresea.

Kennnedy was 49.

“Once I needed to communicate the phrases to our group that Jamie Kennedy had handed away, it damage deeply,” mentioned Zack Moore, Greenup County Excessive’s head soccer coach. “Though everybody within the room knew it was true, the phrases damage as a result of we needed to acknowledge what we had misplaced. A pal, coach, instructor, and one of the real males any of us have recognized.”

Gamers on Kennedy’s group, together with Tanner Fortson, mentioned Kennedy was extra like a father determine and function mannequin.

“You might name him at three o’clock within the morning in the course of the evening and when you wanted something, didn’t matter what time it was, he was there to assist,” Fortson mentioned.

Superintendent Moresea tells WSAZ that Kennedy had been quarantined since final Friday. He was taken to the hospital Wednesday by ambulance.

“He was extremely revered by college students,” Moresea mentioned. “Greater than only a instructor and greater than only a coach. Educators and coaches, they change into part of your neighborhood. They’re individuals who others look to for advisement. They’re individuals who put their coronary heart into what they’re doing. He was a type of high notch educators that did all of these issues.”

Moresea says Kennedy’s spouse can be an worker at Greenup County Excessive College.

In a letter addressed to the “Greenup County household,” the superintendent mentioned that because of excessive variety of COVID circumstances and “a latest loss in our GCSD household,” faculties might be closed on Thursday, Aug. 26 and Friday, Aug. 27. These might be non-instructional days. Make-up days might be added to the top of the varsity 12 months calendar.

In response to the superintendent, 400 of the county’s 2,700 college students are quarantined.

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