It's a sad day for Waynesville School District as the district mourns Charles Kristek
Charles Kristek, 46, a former teacher at Freedom Elementary School and current staff member at East Elementary, in the Waynesville School District passed away Wednesday evening and the district said it is "deeply saddened" by his loss.
"The faculty and staff of East Elementary and the Waynesville R-VI School District are deeply saddened by the passing of Charles Kristek, a member of the district’s assessment team at East Elementary who passed away on Wednesday, April 12," the district said in its statement.
Kristek had driven off the left hand side of the road on Highway 28, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) crash report, struck a tree, a fence, and ended crashing into two mobile homes, after suffering a "medical condition."
MSHP reports that Kristek was wearing his seatbelt and "received minor injuries from the crash, but succumbed to his medical condition at the hospital" Wednesday evening.
Waynesville School District released a statement Thursday morning announcing that the district is mourning the loss of Kristek and assuring parents that the district would be providing counselors for students.
"Counselors will be available for East Elementary students following his passing and our teachers and district administrators are also available to help the students, school and community cope with this sudden loss. In addition, an experienced substitute will be appointed until the position can be permanently filled," the statement from the school district said.
Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman issued a statement on Facebook offering her condolences to the family of Kristek, as well as Art Anderson, who also passed away this week.
"Life can be very hard and dealing with it all is a daily challenge at times. I send my deepest condolences and most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Anderson family and to the Kristek family this morning," Hardman said.
Hardman announced that the city will be flying its flags at half staff on Friday. According to Hardman, Kristek served as a member of the Waynesville Park Board and Anderson was a long-time Waynesville City Council member.
Kristek and his family have deep ties to the Waynesville community. Not only was Kristek a teacher at Freedom Elementary and a staff member at East Elementary, but his wife is a teacher at East Elementary. His oldest three children are Waynesville High School graduates and his youngest is currently attending Waynesville High School.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapels and Crematory, but have not been finalized as of press time. The Daily Guide will have the death notice with funeral arrangements when its available on page two.