- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) - The principal of a Central Falls elementary school who worked in the city school system for nearly 30 years has died.

The district announced that Ella Risk Elementary School Principal Maureen Azar died suddenly early Tuesday. She was 50.

A school system official said details on how she died were not immediately available.

Azar was a Central Falls native who graduated from the city’s high school in 1981. She got a degree in physical education from Rhode Island College in 1985 and began teaching that year in Central Falls. She became principal of Alan Shawn Feinstein School in 2001 and Ella Risk in 2008.

The district called her a tireless educator and advocate for children and families in Central Falls.

Grief counselors will be available at the school.

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