Controversial Principal Needs California DUI Class

by Mike Miller July 23, 2012

I am a firm believer that we all should lead by example. That holds especially true for those who have an influence on our children. High school principals should know better than to drink and drive.

The controversial principal of Paul Revere Elementary School near San Francisco was sentenced to community service hours instead of jail time in connection with a DUI arrest last month in which she sideswiped two vehicles just south of the Golden Gate Bridge. This according to the

The principal, Sheila Milosky, pleaded no contest to two California DUI counts as part of a deal with prosecutors that will allow her to remain in school rather than behind bars.

Milosky was actually sentenced to 30 days in jail, but that time will be served wearing an orange vest while cleaning up as part of the Sheriff’s Department’s alternative work program. She also will spend nine months in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

Her license also has been suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The incident happened about 12:30 a.m. when driving a white 2011 Dodge Avenger with Colorado license plates he struck a Hyundai Tucson and Lincoln Town Car on the approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. Milosky reportedly was unresponsive when victims of the collisions confronted her before she left the scene. She was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.

The DUI was the second time in less than a year that the principal has made less-than-scholarly headlines.

After taking the helm at Paul Revere last school year to oversee federally mandated reforms, Milosky was criticized by some parents for deploying corporal punishment tactics, including physical punishment, restrictive bathroom policies, and silent lunches and recesses in the school’s basement.

No matter what, I hope her alcohol class and rehabilitation program provides her with the knowledge that her behavior was wrong. I hope it also shows her that she might want to help have alcohol classes implemented at the school level. She can continue to make a positive difference in children’s lives.

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