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Assistant Principal Pleads Guilty to DUI Charge

John Francis pleaded guilty to driving under the influence on May 24. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, but that was dismissed, according to Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis.

A District 308 assistant principal has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis.

John Francis, assistant principal at and elementary schools, was charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia in March, according to . Francis, 31, of Yorkville, was stopped at Route 34 and Rickard Drive after failing to signal, and told police he was coming from a friend’s house, where he’d had a few drinks, police said.

Police found a hitter box and pipe used for smoking marijuana under a front seat, according to Rob Sherwood, public information officer for Oswego police.

On May 24, Francis pleaded guilty to the DUI charge, Weis said, and the paraphernalia and traffic charges were dropped as part of a standard plea deal. Since this is Francis’ first offense, Weis said, he was given 12 months’ court supervision, and a $1,750 fine.

Kristine Liptrot, District 308 spokeswoman, said that Francis remains in his position as assistant principal. While she said she cannot disclose what disciplinary actions were taken, Francis is following all the requirements and procedures, she said.

According to the district’s website, Francis has been with District 308 for six years. Before being promoted to assistant principal, he taught fourth and fifth grade at Old Post Elementary School. Most recently, he served as an administration facilitator on the district’s boundary committee.

oswegoannie June 23, 2012 at 05:27 PM
@gater - excellent point. Employees at my company are randomly drug tested even after beginning their employment. We don't work around or influence children but are held to a very high standard of conduct. Why would I expect less from Oswego 308 employees? Driving drunk is stupid, dangerous and illegal although, yes, drinking is not. But In the case of drugs...illegal no matter the circumstances. Francis should have been let go.
oswegoannie June 23, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Chris - BRILLIANT and I 100% agree with you!
Logansdad June 23, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I have lived out in Oswego for 10 years. This is the 1st instance of DUI by a teacher/educator. I feel this situation is being blown out of proportion. It is not like it is a regular occurrence. Why is it that people are more concerned about what happens outside of school than what their kids are being taught in school. Where is the high regard and wanting high standards when it comes to what kids are being taught in school. If everyone feels that teachers should be put on a pedestal when it comes to their moral conduct, then it is up to the community to voice their concerns to the school board and get it in the teacher's contracts. If it is not there now, they can't be punished for it.
joe June 23, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Cindy, every persons salary is paid by someone else. That does not give you the right to tell him how to live his life. This has nothing to do with "the kids" It is a non issue.
joe June 23, 2012 at 06:04 PM
That 6 hours is the best 6 hours of your kid's day Mr.dude. How does one DUI reflect on the entire district? Take the time to meet a few dist 308 teachers and you will be impressed. We are the best!
Jennifer Lara June 24, 2012 at 06:30 AM
I am just curious how many of these commenters actually have students that attend Old Post or Hunt Club. I have a child at Old Post who loves Mr. Francis. On the occasions I see him, I've seen nothing but positive interactions with the children. If it comes up with my child I will teach her what I've been teaching her: people make mistakes and there are consequences for those mistakes. I hear all this "Higher standard" talk and I cringe a little. Oswego is a little better than some districts, but I see the pressure placed on the schools. Teachers and administrators are under pressure from every level of Government, and community and hold one of the most vital "jobs" in the world. They are expected to teach, mentor, train, and sometimes practically raise our children in the classroom, and are typically shown continued disrespect from antiquated opinions like the flooring guy shared about how they don't have a "real full-time" job. Then one makes a mistake, outside the classroom, which is publicized mercilessly by an "impartial" press. (Sorry Andre, but there have been many other people with DUI charges that have not gotten the level of press coverage that Mr. Francis has-but hey, look at how many people are responding to this article). If he does his job well (which he does) he should keep it, even the greatest leaders of our country made much worse mistakes and still rose to do great things.
Amy Adam-Jenkins June 25, 2012 at 06:33 AM
I have had nothing but positive experiences with Mr Francis, as he taught one of my children when he was a teacher at Old Post. He made a mistake, outside of the classroom, on his own time, in his personal life. If anyone can take this mistake and turn it into a positive learning experience, it will be Mr Francis. He is the first one to step up to the place and admit responsibility and accountability, and will use his error in judgement as as an example towards his students and his own children. Is our community forgiving enough to just move on?
CJ June 25, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I do also have children at Old Post. They are fond of him. Since they are younger and well behaved, I admit I do not have much contact with the administration other than family days and events. I do not have a higher standard for him than I would with anyone in my children's lives. If a fellow parent received a DUI "on their own time", we would not be leaving them at their house for a playdate. Our tax money pays for this individual to exercise good judgement, which he did not. We chose an to live in an area with higher taxes and better schools for a reason. I am disappointed that the moral standards are not on par with the academic ones. Anyone that has a child, especially in upper elementary, should have the expectation that their child may come in contact with a newpaper, internet article, or a friend who knows. Unfortunately, we can not shield our children from everything and have to be ready to explain that all behavior has consequences. Even my small children and I had a very simple "drugs are bad and you never drink and drive when you grow up" talk just in case they heard gossip at school. The young adult that was killed on Saturday morning is exactly why DUIs can not be acceptable. By saying he deserves his job, we are condoning this behavior and not seeing it as dangerous.
John Spasojevich June 26, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Gimme a freekin break....!!! Everyone here looking for this guys head on a silver platter needs to get a grip. So he was caught on a DUI and other stuff and you want him fired because he's now suddenly a bad role model. Ok...so should we fire teachers who become pregnant and single? Pregnancy isn't against the law but is an unmarried pregnant teacher a good role model? Lets fire them too.
SadDist308 June 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Met him once, social drinking setting. Seemed like a nice guy who did care about the kids and Dist 308. Sadden by the situation. My thought is the Dist made their decision based on the law and not on public values and standards. We are a public school system and this is how the Dist is run. Had he been charged on all counts the Dist might have done things differently. Do I believe that that the Dist made the right choice? My opinion does not matter. If I want values and morals to be upheld I know I need to enforce them at home and/or put my children in a private school. But main concern is for the children who view all of your comments and hear of his situation. Adults, why don't we stop this arguing and think about the kids first. Maybe you think he didn't put the kids first, but nor are some of you.
John Spasojevich July 02, 2012 at 03:58 AM
THANK YOU!! Have we sunk so low in this society that we have shifted the responsibility of being your childs role model to an assistant principal?
John Spasojevich July 02, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Let me put this out there and see if it sinks or floats. It seems that we want perfect people to be teachers and administrators. We attempt to enforce zero tolerance in various regards. When the kids we try to shield get to the world, they find it's not the way it is. They find out way before we think they do anyway but they let us keep our illusion. Is it a better example youth to show that there is forgiveness, and way way back or is the better example to show that there isn't. I'm just pondering the choices.
John Spasojevich July 02, 2012 at 04:11 AM
People seem to not to want this guy around. I just thought of something that came up the last time there was a transportation issue. I don't recall the issue at the time but I remember several parents being very afraid that their 1st grader would be on a bus with JHS and HS students. thinking about this I'm wondering what the concern is, all of the students have perfect role models at school....
john August 24, 2012 at 09:26 PM
how come 308 has done nothingwe need to protest out side old post and show him this is not accepetable to the kids and parents of 308.
Stop Complaining! September 07, 2012 at 08:27 PM
How many role models do you see when you get together with neighbors and drink beer and wine in the circle of friends and your children around.
Stop Complaining! September 07, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Laura they don't want to hear this all the rope and noose carriers want is to hand the man. Three of the women on here wanting him to be fired always get together and drink and of course they have their children with them. Finger pointing is for 3 year olds.
Stop Complaining! September 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Hey Richard, what I'm finding is this community seems to have a hidden secret and that secret is, if you don't live up to their expectations you are no good. Some people really need to get a life and many of those complaining should pipe down and take a look at inside their very own homes! All of those secrets are going to come out more and more and then lets see how they feel when a blog is about them.
Stop Complaining! September 07, 2012 at 09:12 PM
You should do your very best to raise your children to be great productive citizens because it's up to you how to start them off in life, but to act as if your children have to know about this situation further lets me and everyone else on this blog know that you sit around talking about adult situations in front of your children.
Stop Complaining! September 07, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Thank you!
Stop Complaining! September 07, 2012 at 09:18 PM
And the next time you as role models in Hunt Club school district want hold an open conversation, try not to do it with children around. You should try not to not make up you childrens mind about this man. It's an adult conversation. Now why don't you train yourself to be better role models!
Stop Complaining! September 07, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Sounds to me if students are drinking, parents are not doing their job! Train your children and if your child is or has been pulled over for drinking and driving SHAME ON YOU!
Stop Complaining! September 07, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Really dolores are you serious. Get it together and 14 years later you are still holding on to that mess. Get a life and just make sure that those parties your kid is attending are not like the ones you attend with the lite tastings of the wonderful wine and spirits. Train your kid to be better and stop it with the nonsense. Talk about holding a grudge! Geezzzzzzz
Stop Complaining! September 07, 2012 at 09:29 PM
WELL SOME IDIOT FOUND IT A GOOD IDEA TO TELL THE STUDENTS......WAIT MAYBE IT WAS THE SWEET PARENTS STANDING OUTSIDE WITH A TEACHER ASSISTANT TALKING ABOUT IT LIKE THEY WERE AT HUNT CLUB. Just crazy!
Stop Complaining! September 07, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Shut up john!
john September 08, 2012 at 12:00 AM
what's the problem stop complaining I guess your part of his defense remember he pled guilty!!!!! and 308 did nothing i think we should talk to a spokesperson form mothers against drunk dirving and see what they say i'd bet they would like to know about this.maybe if he slams in to your car some night you'll look the other way again and from your hospital bed you won't complain.
john September 08, 2012 at 12:07 AM
by the way stop complaining once you have been afected by a drunk driver you never forget. he made the wrong decision how many wrong decisions will he make for those kids, parents start some kind of protest so everyone can see. please before it's to late
Amy Spraggs September 08, 2012 at 02:05 AM
And by the way John I have and I still say mind your business! Clean up your own house before you try to clean up others. How would you like for someone to blow your name around like you're a nobody and sit back and watch yourself be destroyed by people that have a house full of hidden mess. Do you drink, beat your wife or husband, do you stare at little children in an manner that will be deemed as unfavorable, do you spank your children, do you go to neighborhood gatherings and stop them from having alcohol, do you do anything besides talk crap about others and try to get people to rally against others? Assistant Principal now, what's later? Let's rally against kids riding their bicycles in the neighborhood, let's stop family dinners and oh wait john, why don't we get a group together to monitor undesirables are moving into our neighborhood? I laugh at busy bodies like you john because with all the things that you and the let's hang him mob could be doing john you choose to bang the head of a man that made a mistake. I wonder how many mistakes you have made and just got away with them, but do trust and know that our wonderful police will catch if not you, someone that you know! Just you wait! Your day is coming. Just wait. Sirens and then you get to give your script! Shut up and do what it seems that you do best and that's complain! We've heard enough about you anyway. Now, fix your own home!
Amy Spraggs September 08, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Oh so I see somehow my name is showing and its okay and I still say mind your business! Let the law do what it has to do.
john September 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM
ok stop complaing you got me yes i drink yes , but the difference here is that even without a college education i'm smart enough to make the right decison to call a cab,or call a friend. you see i'm not against his drinking so much or even the drug stuff, it's the decision that was made. to chance it. Now what decisions will he make in the future that affect the kids at old post and huntclub will he just chance it and hope for the best. My guess is yes and hope to not get caught. You sound like a cheerleader for him but you see i didn't get arrested for dui he did. So i'm entitled to my opion i share in the payment of his salary if character counts he should step aside and practice what he preaches. In your last rant is sounds like you want me arrested let them I've got nothing to hide i like how you try to switch topics and make me the bad guy. Remind yourself we are taking about someone who has our kids futres in hand.
john September 11, 2012 at 01:06 PM
stop complaining I'm sorry I'd didn't know you have been living in my pocket for the last 49 years,and you know more about me then I do. I'll do my next load at the laundary mat,the machines are better so maybe you,ll be wased out to live in someone eles pocket for a change sounds like you need one cause aferter all finger pointing is for 3 year olds.

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