LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, Ind. (Feb. 1, 2016) – Students and staff returned to Amy Beverland Elementary for class Monday for the first time since the death of their principal.
Susan Jordan died last week after a school bus jumped the curb and hit her. Jordan pushed several students out of the way before she was struck. Two 10-year-old students were hurt.
Counselors will be available for students throughout the week as they cope with the loss of Jordan, who served as principal at the school for 22 years. Connie Thomas will serve as the school's interim principal.
Over the weekend, mourners celebrated Jordan’s life during a service at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Jordan’s daughter described her mother as a brilliant leader who would want everyone to keep going.
“She would not want us to stop living our lives because of this tragic loss. Keep going, she would say. Keep teaching. Keep trying. Keep having fun,” said her daughter, Lisa Jordan Jankowski.
Police are still investigating the circumstances that led to the crash, but Indiana State Police said the bus had no mechanical issues.
An event called “Books for Beverland” is set for Monday in Jordan’s honor. It runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lawrence Education Center.
Jordan’s family has requested that donations be made to the Susan Jordan Memorial Fund at the Lawrence Township School Foundation or the Make a Wish Foundation.