Lufkin Road Middle School community mourns unexpected death of principal

The Wake County Public School System said Monday that the principal of Lufkin Road Middle School died suddenly at school.

A statement on the county’s website shared condolences for Karen Sinders, the principal of Lufkin Road Middle School.

“She was a leader who had immense impact and reach in the school and in the community. She will be greatly missed by the students and staff of Lufkin Middle School,” said the Southwest Region Superintendent, Jonathan Enns. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this time of loss. At this time the family is asking for space and privacy.”

The PTA called Sinders a, “fierce defender of Rufkin Road… an undisputed leader… and a woman of grace.”

Apex Mayor Jacques Gilbert told WRAL News that he shared a post on social media about Sinders passing, praising her as an educator.

Gilbert told WRAL News that Karen was very active in the community and her death will be felt far beyond the walls of Lufkin Road College.

“Karen was always that person who connected people,” Gilbert said. “She was a good networker and she really loved our community and made sure her students and staff were a part of things. »

It is currently unknown how Sinders died.

Wake Schools said they are partnering with Transitions GriefCare, “in hopes of better supporting our grieving families, students and staff.”

Bereavement services will be provided free of charge.

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