The Nixa School District is now looking for a principal for Espy Elementary after the resignation of Dr. Jerrod Wheeler.
Wheeler was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated on August 30, 2008, after a Highway Patrol trooper pulled him over for allegedly recklessly driving his Chevy Tahoe on southbound 65 near the James River Expressway. Wheeler was also charged with failing to drive within a single lane on a roadway that has three or more lanes.
The Springfield News Leader received an e-mail from Wheeler that reads, "I am very disappointed that I placed myself in this situation. This incident has weighed VERY heavily on me both personally and as a public figure within the Nixa community."
Wheeler appeared in court on May 26th, and three days later tendered his resignation which the board unanimously approved it.
Now the search for a replacement for Wheeler is underway. So far the district has received over thirty applications for the position.
Dr. Wheeler is due back in court on June 30th.
Dr. Wheeler pleaded guilty to drunk driving and was placed on two years supervised probation and fined $400.
Wheeler has started a SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) chapter at the school where he is presently employed.
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