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Students return to school for first time after principal passes away

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A small community is coming to grips with the sudden loss of Diane Garduno, the principal of Ellicott Middle School.

Garduno died in a car crash last week, leaving behind a nearly 20-year legacy helping students as a school district employee. Her roles throughout the years included a first grade teacher and a coach.

On Tuesday night...Diane's family told News 5 she was driving to the dentist when authorities believe Robert Ours crashed into her. Ours also died in the crash.

Currently there are 25 different counselors from the school district on hand to give attention to students and staff still healing with the loss. 

Superintendent Chris Smith spoke about Diane's role in this tight-knit community during a press conference on Monday.

"In events like this Diane was that person who brought everyone together, meals for the families, making sure that everyone was taken care, students, staff, alike," he said. "She was in every sense of the word, the fabric, throughout every single aspect of our school district."

Assistant principal Rebecca Howland will become the interim principal for the middle school.

School is canceled on Thursday for a memorial service in Ellicott, a funeral will take place on Friday.

If you would like to donate to Diane's family, you can visit this GOFUNDME page set up in her honor.

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