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Administration announces passing of faculty member

After instructional Coach Kenna Kobin’s passing announced, Student Services is available for support

On Sunday, Principal David Ewers sent out an email to parents regarding the passing of Instructional Coach Kenna Kobin. According to Ewers’ email, Kobin passed on Friday. Teachers shared a message to students Monday morning during first hour, emphasizing that Student Services is available to any student needing support at this time.

“School and district staff will be available to talk with anyone who is struggling to handle their emotions around this difficult issue,” Ewers said in the email. “If your child would like to talk to someone, please encourage them to reach out to us here at the school, and we will find them support. We will have additional resources available at the school on Monday for students and staff.”

Ewers wanted parents to discourage student speculation and rumors as to what happened.

“I am sure we will learn more details in the coming days. Meanwhile, your child will hear many different things, but please encourage them not to make guesses and spread rumors,” Ewers wrote in the email. “The family will need privacy as they struggle to handle their grief, and the administration is asking everyone to respect that privacy.”

Funeral service information is as follows: There will be a visitation from 4-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Porter

Funeral Home. The address is 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, Ks 66215. On Oct. 14, there will be a funeral service at 10 a.m. at the same funeral home.

“The family did want to share that the venue for the funeral can hold approximately 225 people. They do not want to discourage people from coming but realize the venue may not be able to accommodate all that want to attend,” Ewers said in an email sent to staff. “They are planning a live stream of the service.’

According to her obituary on the Porter Funeral Home website, Kobin’s family would like to establish an annual scholarship in her honor. There will be information there in the following days.

StuCo also changed Friday’s spirit week theme to tie-dye Friday, in Kobin’s honor, as she would often wear tie-dye on Fridays – – encouraging others to do so too.

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