JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56) — As Jessamine County Schools returns for another school year, the district does so with heavy hearts.

Earlier in August, the district received devastating news when West Jessamine High School teacher Abby Dobie died in a car accident.

In speaking with West Jess Principal Brady Thornton, he admitted today is going to be very difficult for both students and staff.

Thornton and his staff face the challenging reality of honoring their beloved colleague while also getting kids excited about the upcoming school year.

Thorton did, though the staff at West Jess have been working to give it everything they have, as that is what Dobie would want them to do.

There will be a moment to honor and remember Dobie Wednesday morning, and grief counselors will be on-site for anyone who needs them.


Thornton recognizes kids have mixed emotions about going back to school and oftentimes won’t admit how excited they are, but it serves as a chance for them to be with their peers and start becoming the young adults they are.

Beyond the students, Thornton says he’s excited for the newest members of his staff to start their teaching journeys in Jessamine County and looks forward to watching them in action.