By SUZANNE MOORE
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Students and staff at Seton Catholic Central School are mourning the unexpected death of a beloved art teacher.
Sharon Deitering had called in sick Tuesday, and when she didn’t come to work Wednesday and couldn’t be reached, the school asked State Police to make a wellness check, according to Seton Principal Cathy Russell.
Deitering had died at her home, the principal said.
Students were dismissed at 11 a.m. today, “largely because of concern for our faculty,” Russell said. “We have a very small community here, and everybody is close.”
Deitering also taught art to students from the Advocacy and Resource Center of Clinton County, whose works were put on display at Clinton Community College.
“It’s such a wonderful way for them to express their feelings,” she told the Press-Republican during an interview in 2008.
Seton will be in session Thursday.
“We’re going to try to have a regular day,” Russell said. “We will start the day with a prayer service.”
Christmas festivities are slated for Thursday, as well.
“We are going to carry on with those as best we can.”
Extra counselors will be at the school, available to anyone, the principal said.
Seton’s staff numbers about 25, and the student body totals 130.
In November, the school marked the first anniversary of the deaths of two international students who were struck by a car as they walked on a Peru roadway after dark.
A memory garden is planned for Dat T. Ong and Chu “Allen” Xiong.
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