Syracuse, New York. – Bill Scott, president of the Syracuse Teachers Union, died suddenly that weekend.
The Syracuse Teachers' Association sent its members a message informing them of Scott's death.
“It is with great sadness that we extend our condolences to the family of the President of the Syracuse Teachers Association, William John Scott, who suddenly passed away in his family this weekend. We firmly believe that our membership is family and as such we will be there for whatever his wife Carolyn and her family need during this difficult time. Words cannot express the feelings caused by this great loss of a father, husband, union brother and dear friend, ”the union wrote.
Scott, 53, has been a permanent voice throughout the district's pandemic efforts.
Before becoming the union's full-time president, he worked as a social worker in the school district of 20,000 students. His wife is also a teacher; together they have two teenage sons.
The union, school board and Superintendent Jaime Alicea issued a joint statement.
“The Board of Education, the Syracuse Teachers Association, and I offer our condolences to the family of William“ Bill ”Scott Jr. We are deeply saddened by his tragic and sudden death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carolyn, their children and his family at this very difficult time, ”the statement reads. “Bill was the president of the Syracuse Teachers Association and a passionate advocate for the students and staff of the Syracuse City School District. His loss will be felt across the district and unions. He will be missed by all of us. "
The union represents more than 4,000 members. This has been a tough year for the district.
While many of the state's boroughs took months to return to school, Syracuse sent students back to the classroom in October. Last week, students in many classes returned to class for five days.
Scott worked to stand up for his colleagues and the students. At the beginning of the year, he pushed for air filters in all classrooms, which the district required.
Scott was a runner and car enthusiast. His office at STA headquarters was full of scale models that he had built.
"Bill was very dedicated to his commitment to the teachers and staff," said Katie Sojewicz, president of the Syracuse School Board. When Scott was a social worker in the district, he always had the students in mind, she said.
"It's just devastating," said Sojewicz.
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