A local junior high school principal admitted that she had "made a mistake" and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
The 57-year-old woman, a Canyon Country resident and principal of Arroyo Seco Junior High School, was arrested on May 29 on suspicion of DUI. It was later determined that her blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.20 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit allowed while driving (0.08).
After her plea, she was sentenced to 36 months of summary probation, told to complete a nine-month alcohol program, and ordered to pay a $550 fine.
Officials at the William S. Hart Union School district expressed confidence in the principal and said they stand behind her. However, they also stated that they are aware that staff members are role models for children and that they take the behavior of employees seriously.