‘A clear leader’: Lufkin Road Middle School community mourns principal’s


The Wake County Public School System said Monday the principal of Lufkin Road Middle School died unexpectedly at the school.

A statement on the county’s website shared condolences for Karen Sinders, the principal of Lufkin Road Middle School.

“She was a leader who had immense impact and reach in the school and greater community. She will be greatly missed by the students and the staff here at Lufkin Middle School,” said Southwestern Area Superintendent Jonathan Enns. “Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this time of loss. At this time, the family requests space and privacy.”

The PTA called Sinders a, “ferocious advocate for Rufkin Road … a clear leader … and a woman of grace.”

Apex Mayor Jacques Gilbert told WRAL News shared a social media post about Sinders passing, giving her praises as an educator.

Gilbert told WRAL News Karen was very active in the community and that her death will be felt far beyond the walls of Lufkin Road Middle School.

“Karen was always that person who linked people together,” said Gilbert. “She was a good networker and she really loved our community and made sure her students and staff were a part of things.”

It’s not currently known how Sinders died.

Wake schools said they are partnering with Transitions GriefCare, “in hopes of better supporting our grieving families, students and staff members.”

The grief services will be offered at no cost.

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