John Francis, assistant principal at Hunt Club and Old Post elementary schools, was charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia in March, according to Oswego police. Francis, 31, of Yorkville, was stopped at Route 34 and Rickard Drive after failing to signal, and told police he was coming from a friend’s house, where he’d had a few drinks, police said.
Police found a hitter box and pipe used for smoking marijuana under a front seat, according to Rob Sherwood, public information officer for Oswego police.
On May 24, Francis pleaded guilty to the DUI charge, Weis said, and the paraphernalia and traffic charges were dropped as part of a standard plea deal. Since this is Francis’ first offense, Weis said, he was given 12 months’ court supervision, and a $1,750 fine.
Kristine Liptrot, District 308 spokeswoman, said that Francis remains in his position as assistant principal. While she said she cannot disclose what disciplinary actions were taken, Francis is following all the requirements and procedures, she said.
According to the district’s website, Francis has been with District 308 for six years. Before being promoted to assistant principal, he taught fourth and fifth grade at Old Post Elementary School. Most recently, he served as an administration facilitator on the district’s boundary committee.