The man who died after an SUV struck a barn in the town of Fenton was a veteran teacher in the Chenango Valley School District.

Authorities say 48-year-old Matthew Stanton of Port Dickinson was pronounced dead at the scene of Sunday morning's crash on Route 369.

Stanton was a health educator at the Chenango Valley Middle and High School for more than two decades.

A Chevrolet Equinox driven by Stanton slammed into a stone barn on Route 369 near Port Crane around 7 a.m. Sunday.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, the school district extended condolences to Stanton's family, friends and colleagues.

The statement indicated Stanton had worked with middle school and high school students for over 20 years. It said: "His care, hard work, and dedication to CV students shined not only in the classroom, but also in coaching and club adviser roles. He was a true asset to the Chenango Valley community."

The school district said counseling services are being offered this week to students and staff. Assistance will continue to be made available as the school year starts next week.

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com

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