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June 24, 2014

Shik officials mum on principal's future

SUNBURY — Shikellamy School District officials are declining to comment on any disciplinary action they might or might not take against an elementary principal facing DUI and other charges after she was allegedly found driving May 30 with a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit.

Holly Ann Judge, principal of the Oaklyn Elementary School since 2011, was charged Thursday with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and six summary counts of failure to drive on the right side of the road, failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to have required financial insurance and failure to use proper turn signals.

Judge, 36, of Northumberland, allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.332 percent. A driver is considered intoxicated in Pennsylvania with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent.

Superintendent Patrick Kelley on Tuesday would neither confirm nor deny rumors about Judge’s future as a principal in the district. “This is personnel issue,” he said. “I’m not going to talk about it.”

School board Vice President Wendy Wiest, also contacted Tuesday, declined comment on what she called “a personnel matter.”

Asked on Tuesday afternoon if she still had a job, Judge said she had no comment.

According to Section 319 of the district policy manual: “When nonschool activities directly impact upon an administrator’s effectiveness within the school district, the board reserves the right to evaluate the effect of such activities on the individual’s completion of responsibilities and assignments.”

Administrative and professional employees are expected to “conduct themselves in a manner consistent with appropriate and orderly behavior,” but the policy only refers to actions while the employee is engaged in assigned duties.

The policy manual includes a section on drug and substance abuse, but it is unclear if alcohol is included in the policy.

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