TUCSON, AZ — A longtime board member of the Tucson Unified School District has died, the district announced Tuesday.
In a statement posted to its official Twitter, the school district said it was "honored to have him share his passion for students and our district for so many years" and sent its condolences to Hicks' loved ones.
The District is very sad to share Michael Hicks, former TUSD Governing Board President, passed away today. We were honored to have him share his passion for students and our District for so many years (2011 - 2018). We send our sincerest sympathy to his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/ZHUgOZGlOJ
— Tucson Unified (@tucsonunified) January 13, 2021
In a subsequent tweet, the district said the family has asked for privacy while they grieve.
Hicks served on TUSD’s Governing Board from 2011-2018 and was president in the last two years. He had been hospitalized since Dec. 2020 with the coronavirus, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser set up to help his family.
"Anyone who knows Mike, knows he is a genuinely caring man who would freely give the shirt off his back for another," organizer Pilar Ruiz wrote. "We have all experienced Mike's hugs, support, and help. It is now time for us to all do what we can to support Mike and his family during this difficult time."
The money raised will go towards Hicks' medical bills.
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