Frankfort Middle School Principal Dennis Howland faces a Dec. 23 trial on drunk driving charges in Boone County Superior Court II, but he could be unemployed when he appears before Judge Rebecca McClure.
Howland, 52, who was arrested Oct. 26 in Boone County, has been on administrative leave since Nov. 19, according to the Lafayette Courier and Journal.A vote by the Frankfort School Board to terminate Howland’s contract is scheduled Dec. 10, the Courier and Journal said.
Howland is charged with misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and with driving with a breath alcohol percentage of .15 or higher, according to court records.
Both charges carry sentences of six months to three years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Howland was arrested by Thorntown police after a 12:05 a.m. traffic stop on Indiana 39 at County Road 750 North, after he was clocked going 66 mph in a 55 mph zone. Officer Stephen Bradley said in an arrest report that Howland measured .21 blood alcohol content on a breath test, and .18 on a blood test given less than an hour after the traffic stop.
He is the second Franfort school system administrator to come under fire recently.
Frankfort High School assistant principal Tory Horner resigned recently after Indiana State Police began investigating an unspecific allegation against him by the parent of an FHS student, the Courier and Journal said.