John Francis, assistant principal at Hunt Club and Old Post elementary schools, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia at about 2 a.m. Saturday, according to an Oswego police report.
Police said Francis, 31, of Yorkville, was stopped at Route 34 and Rickard Drive after failing to signal. He told police he was coming from a friend’s house, where he'd had a few drinks, said Rob Sherwood, Oswego police media relations officer.
Upon searching his vehicle, police found a hitter box and pipe used for smoking marijuana under a front seat, Sherwood said. Francis posted bond at the Oswego Police Department and was given an April 25 court date.
Kristine Liptrot, District 308 spokeswoman, said Francis remains in his position with the district, pending the outcome of the charges.
“We are aware of the situation and we will wait until the conclusion of the case to determine what disciplinary action will be taken,” she said.
According to the district’s website, Francis has been with the district for six years. Before being promoted to assistant principal, he taught fourth- and fifth-graders at Old Post Elementary School. Most recently, he served as an administration facilitator on the district’s boundary committee.