West Carrollton elementary employee dies, prompts closing of school

Miami Valley News

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – West Carrollton City Schools said Thursday morning one of its staff members died unexpectedly before Harold Schnell Elementary School opened for the day. The discovery prompted a last-minute closure of the building for the day.

The district posted this message on its Facebook page:

“It is with great sadness the school district announces the loss of Curt Mullins. He passed away unexpectedly of natural causes early this morning prior to the opening of school. Emergency responders were present at the school. The time that this occurred caused us to close Schnell School this morning with very short notice. Notification was sent out on our Facebook page, web page and One Call system. We will be releasing additional information soon regarding our friend and colleague.”

West Carrollton City Schools

The district posted this statement later Thursday morning:

“The district is mourning the loss of Schnell school custodian, Curtis (Curt) Mullins, early this morning.

Curt was easily recognizable with his long hair and colorful clothes. He would often search clothing stores and the internet for the most colorful and patterned pants he could find along with themed t-shirts. His wardrobe included costumes for special occasions. Curt greeted families on St. Patrick’s Day wearing a green jacket, knickers and a tophat by asking, “have you seen my lucky charms?” Students, families and staff looked forward to any special occasion to see what Curt would wear.

Curt took the time to get to know all of the students at the school and provide encouraging words or an elbow bump. He brought a smile to families during student drop off and pick up from the school. He was a valued employee and an even more valued friend.

Our deepest condolences are with his family.”

West Carrollton City Schools

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