Jody Graff, 48, had been working in the district for only about six weeks, he said.
“She had just started working here,” Green said. “She had previously worked in home healthcare.”
Graff, of Columbia, was the only nurse for all of the district’s schools, serving students in preschool through eighth grade. Green said she had made “a very good impression with our kids and our staff and our community.”
Additional social workers were made available — some from other school districts — on Wednesday morning to help Millstadt’s students and staff members, Green said.
Green said on behalf of the district, student body and community that their thoughts and prayers are with Graff’s family.
According to an obituary, Graff is survived by two daughters, Gabrielle Graff and Alexandra Graff, both of Columbia; her mother, Kathy J. Davenport, of Columbia; her brother, Kevin Davenport, of Columbia; her grandfather, John Fink, of St. Louis; and her former husband, Richard Graff, of Columbia.
A memorial will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Braun Family Funeral Home, 265 Quarry Road, in Columbia. Services will start at 3 p.m. with pastor Shaun Craig officiating. Private cremation was held.
St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone’s office confirmed that Graff was the victim of the wreck on Illinois 158, but a cause of death had not been determined as of Wednesday afternoon.