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OWI conviction for Oregon High principal, other charges, future uncertain

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 STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- Oregon High School principal Kelly Meyers was convicted of first offense drunk driving Tuesday, and faces two, other drunk driving cases, casting her future as the school's leader in doubt.

Stoughton Municipal Court records show Meyer's conviction involves a fine, the revocation of her driver's license for one year, and a required, interlock ignition device for her car.  Oregon officials say Meyer was arrested Dec. 1 in Oregon, but because of a conflict of interest with a municipal judge in Oregon, Meyer's case was moved to Stoughton.

Records show Meyer was also arrested twice in Fitchburg last month on suspicion of operating while under the influence (OWI).   Police reports state Meyer's blood alcohol level in connection with one of those arrests was .338, more than four times Wisconsin's legal limit. Reports state a witness said Meyer nearly hit another car prior to one of the Fitchburg arrests.

Police squad car video released to 27 News from Meyers' arrest in Oregon includes Meyers repeatedly asking officers to skip making an arrest, and instead allow her to drive her nearby home with a police escort. Officers said there was a strong odor of alcohol around Meyers.

On the videotape, Meyers also defends her sobriety.  "I'm completely fine.  I just came from an AA meeting."

Police reports state Meyers told officers she attended an Alcoholic Anonymous meeting prior to the police contact.

Oregon School District superintendent Brian Busler says there have been no alcohol-related incidents at school with Meyers.   Prior to working for Oregon High, Meyers spent more than a decade as Verona Area High School's principal.

Busler tells 27 News Meyer was scheduled to return from a five month medical leave Monday.  Busler says Meyer was placed on administrative leave last month after district officials learned of her arrests.  Busler says Meyers' medical leave also continues, with Meyers receiving compensation through accumulated sick time.  Meyers' salary is $126,000.

Meyers' attorney, Robert Hoyt declined comment on her cases when contacted by 27 News.

School Board president Dan Krause tells 27 News there is a "big difference" with Meyers' employment situation, with her conviction.  Busler says her arrests have prompted reaction from the school community, with some people concerned about her, and others concerned about her actions, given that a principal is a role model for young people.

Busler says an administrative investigation into Meyer's actions continues, and a decision on her future is expected within two weeks.

Meyer has been principal at Oregon High since 2012.  Busler says an acting principal will continue in that role, and a high school teacher has been reassigned to a dean of students post, to cover the breadth of Meyers' duties.

Despite her conviction and two, pending OWI cases, online records maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction showed Thursday Meyers' educator's license as current, with no indication her license status is under investigation.



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