Head Start employee dies after being found unresponsive in school parking lot

By: Maria Allard | Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 19, 2024

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ROSEVILLE — Dort Elementary School educators are mourning the loss of a Head Start employee who was found dead in the school’s parking lot Jan. 16.

Roseville Community Schools Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski issued a letter to staff and parents to inform them that the employee had a medical emergency that morning.

According to the letter, she had arrived early at the building and was sitting in her car. When some staff members checked to see if she was OK, they found her unresponsive.

“They administered first aid and called Emergency Medical Services,” Blaszkowski said. “We were informed that she later passed away at the hospital.”

The cause of death was not disclosed. Head Start, run through Macomb County, is most widely known for its preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-old children. Head Start educators are employed through Macomb County.

“Even though Head Start is a program run by Macomb County, and is not part of Roseville Community Schools, we still consider them part of our family,” Blaszkowski said. “We would like to extend our deepest condolences to her family. We had support staff at Dort Elementary today to support students and staff.”

No further information was provided.