The principal of Rutland High School in Macon died Monday at the age of 54.

A release from the Bibb School District says Principal Kent Sparks died due to health complications.

Sparks had been with the district for almost 10 years and began as an assistant principal at the high school.

He served as principal of Riley Elementary from July 2012-June 2014, before returning to Rutland as principal.

Prior to working in Bibb County, he also worked in Fulton, Henry and Monroe Counties.

“Mr. Sparks was a respected leader in our district. One of his greatest strengths was rallying his school family through difficult times, such as the 2013 house fire in which three Riley Elementary students died and then last year when Rutland High senior Heather Harrod died in a car accident. He demonstrated great leadership and compassion in these moments, and now we must remember his strength as we grieve and move forward. He will be greatly missed,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones.

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Services will be held Friday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. at the LDS Chapel on Williamson Road.

The district will also be providing counseling support for students and staff.