Javier Castaneda

Javier Castaneda

A Caldwell school and community are reeling following the death of an admired administrator, writes Idaho Press reporter Madison Guernsey. Javier Castaneda, the principal and superintendent of Heritage Community Charter School, died Wednesday as an “unexpected result” of falling ill with COVID-19, according to his family.

Castaneda, 48, is survived by his wife, Maria, and seven children.

“Hundreds of his friends, family, and community members have reached out and we are so grateful for their love and support in this trying time,” Kristopher Wieland, Maria Castaneda’s brother, said in an email to the Idaho Press. “Many have shared stories of how he has impacted their life.”

Castaneda began to show symptoms around Sept. 4, Wieland said, and was hospitalized Sept. 6. He was put on a ventilator on Sept. 10 and died five days later. Castaneda was healthy and athletic before contracting the disease, Wieland said.

You can read Guernsey's full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or look for it in today's Sunday/Monday Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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