AISD mourns the loss of Superintendent Stiles

AISD mourns the loss of Superintendent Stiles
Posted on 05/13/2020
AISD mourns the loss of Superintendent Stiles

AISD mourns the loss of Superintendent Stiles

 

A message from AISD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims and Board President Alicea Elliott:

 

It is with deep sadness that we must share the news of a devastating loss. Our superintendent, Blake Stiles, passed away this morning, May 13, 2020, at the UT Health hospital in Athens.

 

Mr. Stiles began a school board-approved medical leave beginning April 6 in anticipation of a heart procedure he recently underwent. He had anticipated a return to work in the next few weeks. The likely cause of death is heart-related.

 

We do know the loss to his family, especially, is enormous. He was, before anything else, a very proud husband and father. We ask at this time that Mrs. Stiles and their two children be given privacy as they navigate a fresh and awful grief. Please do lift them up in your prayers.

 

In his letter to all employees in April announcing his medical leave, Mr. Stiles shared his pride in the members of the AISD family. “You all are doing remarkable work during circumstances that are largely out of our control and constantly evolving,” he wrote. “This is hard. It’s hard for you, for our students and for their parents. I want you to know you are seen and appreciated. What you do is important. What you do matters.”

 

Blake Stiles was a good man, and under his leadership, AISD flourished. His loss is a loss to the community.

 


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