According to his family’s social media posts, Stan Elrod, a lifelong educator and school board candidate, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday night. Elrod was one of five contestants vying for a position on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education in District 2. Republican Elrod met voters at the Lewisville Branch Library earlier last week.
The details of his passing weren’t immediately known Wednesday night. Before being selected by Superintendent Don Martin to lead the opening of the new Reagan High School, Elrod served as the principal of Reynolds High School from 1991 to 2005. Elrod left Reagan High in 2010 when he was 58 years old, but he didn’t stay away from the educational system for very long.
Elrod quickly rose to the position of athletic director for the school system. In York, South Carolina, Elrod started his career as a social studies instructor and basketball coach. He started working at Reynolds as a social studies instructor and basketball coach in 1981. Prior to being appointed principal, he served as Reynolds’ athletic director and associate principal.
On Nov. 8, the general election, Elrod was running for office for the first time. Tim Tsujii, the director of the Forsyth County Board of Elections, stated that although Elrod’s name will continue to appear on the ballot in accordance with state law, the executive committee of the Forsyth County Republican Party must identify a replacement for him before the election day.
Early voting has already started, and absentee ballots have already been delivered. Elrod’s electoral votes will go to the new candidate, according to Tsujii. The 111-member executive committee of the Forsyth County Republican Party, according to its chairman Ken Raymond, will choose Elrod’s successor by election day. The news of Elrod’s passing reached Raymond on Wednesday morning and was a “total shock,” he said.
Raymond stated, “We are very, extremely saddened by this. “We are sorry for his family’s loss,” the statement reads. On Wednesday, word of Elrod’s passing spread around the neighbourhood. Tricia McManus, the superintendent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, said of Stan: “While I never worked directly with Stan, he is someone I come to know fast because of his persistent devotion to our district and community.
McManus remarked that “he committed his life to study and service to others.” “As a coach, teacher, principal, and district leader, he positively impacted numerous lives.” In June 2010, the Winston-Salem Journal stated that Elrod was raised in Whitmire, South Carolina, where both of his parents were employed by a textile mill.
Elrod participated in baseball, basketball, and football in high school. On a basketball scholarship, he first studied at North Greenville Junior College in Tigerville, South Carolina. Elrod later enrolled at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina, where he received a social studies bachelor’s degree.
Later, he graduated with a master’s from Rock Hill, South Carolina’s Winthrop College. He taught and coached basketball at York High School in York, South Carolina. Elrod was a personal friend and an accomplished school leader, according to Martin, a former superintendent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and a commissioner for the county.
Martin claimed that Elrod and he spoke late on Tuesday, following Elrod’s campaigning at various early voting locations. Martin expressed his sorrow and sadness about Elrod’s passing. Martin remarked, “It’s been an awful day just thinking about it.” Elrod, according to Martin, was an excellent principal who assisted in the district’s principal training programme.
Martin remarked about Elrod, “He knew the name of every student.” Everyone in his immediate vicinity adored him. Martin stated, “He had a great sense of humour. He possessed a captivating charisma. Elrod hired Josh McGee, the head wrestling coach of Reagan High School’s football programme, in 2006. Three years later, McGee switched to coaching football and was given the job by Frank Martin.
McGee remarked, “He was all about people. Stan was an exceptional principal at Reynolds and Reagan and a master at building relationships. It hurts to learn about his passing. Elrod, according to McGee, gave him his first job when he graduated from Winston-Salem State University, where he established numerous records as a quarterback.
He hired me as the head wrestling coach despite the fact that I had never even attended a wrestling match, which McGee found amusing. “However, I gained a lot more knowledge about leadership and the psychology of athletes in other sports. I was quite fortunate to have that experience. Former Republican Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education member A.L. “Buddy” Collins praised Elrod as a superb educator, leader, and devoted friend.
Collins, a former vice-chairman of N.C. State Board of Education, said of the teacher, “He had the ability to reach the heart and soul of his students.” We lost a buddy today, and the neighbourhood has lost an outstanding leader, which has left me and other people inconsolable.
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