Funeral services are pending for John Price, the chairman of the Fayette County School Board who died today following a two year battle with leukemia.
Price was appointed to the panel in 2003 and elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Superintendent Manny Caulk released the following statement:
"John was a true statesman in every sense of the word. Service to others was his vocation and he was a steady hand at the wheel leading the district through challenging times. A staunch advocate for our most vulnerable students, John was an unwavering champion for equity. He believed in the greatness of this district. He believed in what this district could be with respect to ensuring that every student fulfilled their unlimited potential. We will honor his legacy by continuing the path forward and delivering on our promise to our community that the Fayette County Public Schools will ensure every student graduates prepared to excel in a global society.
For me personally, he was a mentor, he was a thought partner and an inspiration. He was there for me as I battled my illness. He knew what I was going through, and we shared that common bond. He was my strength and encouragement. I know he’s in a better place, but selfishly, I’m going to miss him.
Before serving on the school board, Price had volunteered with the district’s experience-based career education program, was on the PTA at Julia R. Ewan Elementary School and was president of the 16th District PTA.
He served terms on the school councils at Ewan and at Bryan Station High School, was PTA representative on the district’s Equity Council, was a member of the Safe Schools Task Force and was a trustee of the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust.
Price was a widower, and leaves behind a daughter.