PIS BOE honors late teachers

The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education passed resolutions Monday to honor two teachers who passed away recently. Honored were retired teacher Emogene Burton Chandler and Special Education director for the district, Stacy Bland.

The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education honored two educators who passed away at its regular meeting Monday evening by signing a proclamation to honor both a retired teacher and one who was actively employed at the school as a special education director.

The board approved the signing of resolutions honoring the late Emogene Burton Chandler and Stacy Bland, both of whom recently passed away.

“Whereas Emogene Burton (Chandler) demonstrated a great faith in Jesus Christ and a commitment to her church and family, Whereas; (Chandler) was a great mother, role model and provider for her family, whereas; (Chandler) worked with diligence and vigor to achieve the goals of the Paintsville Independent School System … (Chandler) loved her family and served with a gentle spirit of long suffering,” the resolution dedicated to Chandler read. “Therefore be it resolved that we, the Paintsville Independent Board of Education will mourn with the family and continue the great work of Emogene Burton (Chandler).”

Superintendent David Gibson spoke about the sudden passing of 47-year-old Bland at the end of his monthly superintendent report.

“Lastly, I want to thank our school community for their outpouring of love as we said goodbye to our special education director Stacy Bland,” Gibson said.  “As you know Stacy passed suddenly on Monday morning, Feb. 3. We have been comforted by the love and compassion from our faculty and staff and our broader school community.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Dylan and his family as they navigate the days ahead.  Rest assured that our school family will be there to support Dylan and each other.”

Gibson also read the resolutions to the board before passing them to them to be signed.

“We, the duly elected members of the Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education, want the family of Stacy Bland to know that we gather together with them to mourn the passing of a wonderful lady, mother, teacher and alumni. Stacy contributed much to the Paintsville school system and to the Paintsville community,” Gibson said. “Therefore be it resolved, that we, the Paintsville Independent Board of Education, will mourn with the family and continue the great work of Stacy Bland. Therefore be it resolved, that we embrace and mourn with the family because all of us have a common bond. Therefore let it be known, that we can’t replace Stacy Bland but we will attempt to improve our lives and live our lives as demonstrated by the great example of (Bland). Therefore let it be known, that we know the deep loss and sorrow your family is experiencing. We want to share in your sorrow, but recognize that the Lord has accepted into his presence good and faithful servants.”

The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education meets on the second Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the district’s administrative building and all meetings are open to the public.

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