Does this principal lack principles?
Sheila Sammon Milosky, 51, the Paul Revere PK-8 School chief who was accused last fall of harshly punishing students, might end up in the adult version of detention after a May 12 arrest on misdemeanor DUI and hit-and-run charges in San Francisco.
The Mill Valley resident was driving a white 2011 Dodge Avenger with Colorado license plates that allegedly struck a Hyundai Tucson and Lincoln Town Car just south of the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza about 12:30 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said. Milosky did not stop, the CHP said, but was pulled over at Vista Point just north of the bridge. She was arrested after allegedly failing sobriety tests.
Milosky is scheduled to be arraigned May 29 on three misdemeanor charges, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said Tuesday.
The principal told The San Francisco Examiner on Tuesday that her attorney advised her not to discuss the arrest. However, she said the case remains “open.”
“I’d love to tell you details of what happened,” Milosky said. “I’ve been advised to not.”
The San Francisco Unified School District is aware of the arrest, spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said Monday.
“This incident occurred on a weekend and is unrelated to school activities,” Blythe said. “If she is convicted, by California law, a misdemeanor conviction in itself is not grounds for termination.”
Milosky, who took over at Paul Revere in 2010, underwent a background screening at the time of her employment, Blythe said. The district will “continue to monitor the situation,” she added.
The principal, who was hired to oversee federally mandated reforms at the troubled school, landed in hot water last fall after a group of parents accused her of deploying corporal punishment tactics. The allegations included physical punishment, restrictive bathroom policies, and silent lunches and recesses in the school’s basement.
The principal denied the accusations. At the time, Assistant Superintendent Patricia Gray said the parents were overreacting and represented a minority of families at the school.
Some parents stood up for Milosky, saying her reforms were working.
Milosky said Tuesday she remains “dedicated to working hard” as principal.
“I’m really pleased and proud of our school,” she said. “We have an extremely hard-working and dedicated staff.”