School mourns death of beloved educator

CAMPTON, Ky. (WYMT) They call her the face of the school and a great teacher. A community mourns the loss of one Wolfe County educator.

Juanita Bailey died Thursday night when a car hit hers after she stopped along Kentucky 15 in Wolfe County. Police say she had just run out of gas.

Wolfe County school officials say the 47-year-old library aide was a very special lady who had helped to elevate Rogers Elementary as a proficient school.

"She's the face of the school. She's positive, she's smiling, she goes above and beyond after schools hours and does what she can to help kids to be happy and to achieve," said superintendent Kenny Bell.

Bailey had worked for the Wolfe County school district for 19 years, and spent 16 of them at Rogers Elementary School. School officials say the mood was somber Friday morning as classes began.

"It was just very sad. Everybody was just talking about the things that they had remembered about Miss Juanita," said Tracy Creech, the district's special education director.

School officials say Bailey was so committed to the success of her students that she was getting ready to reward the highest earners in the school's accelerated reader program with a sleep-over in the school library. That celebration has been postponed.

Administrators learned Bailey had died Thursday night and quickly worked out a plan of response.

"We developed a plan last night of what we were going to do. We're going to meet the staff and have the staff talk to deal with their feelings and emotions first," said Creech.

Grief counselors were also on hand Friday for students who may be having a hard time dealing with Bailey's death.

"Some of them it may take a while and we want to make those services available from these experts for the next few weeks," said Bell.

School officials say Bailey was the kind of person that does not come along every day and will be missed.

Administrators say they are making plans for a special dedication of some kind for Bailey, to be held sometime next week.

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