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Drew Elementary Principal Resigns After DUI Charge

School system characterizes principal's leaving as "retirement."

Former Drew Elementary School principal Jacqueline Smith; Arlington Public Schools photo
Former Drew Elementary School principal Jacqueline Smith; Arlington Public Schools photo
The principal of Arlington's Drew Model Elementary School has abruptly resigned after she was recently charged with a DUI, according to a report by ARLnow.

Jacqueline Smith, an Arlington resident, resigned after she was arrested for driving under the influence, the news site reported.

An announcement posted to Drew's PTA Facebook page, to parents after the arrest, said Smith planned to retire:

“We wanted to let you know that Jackie Smith, Principal of Drew, has informed us that she plans to retire from her position with the Arlington Public Schools for personal reasons,” wrote Arlington Public Schools superintendent Patrick Murphy. “She will be on leave the remainder of this week, and will retire effective March 17. We wish her the best in the future.”

“I have been grateful for my 21 years in Arlington as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal,” Smith said in the letter. “The support I have received through the years from Dr. Murphy, APS administrators, the School Board, and the many dedicated teachers and educational leaders throughout the county has been greatly appreciated. I want to express my best wishes to the Drew Model School staff, students, and community, and I hope for their continued success as they work to provide excellent learning opportunities for our children.”

Theresa Bratt, who retired from APS last year, is now serving as interim principal at the school.

Smith’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 19, ARLnow reported. 


Mr. Reality March 20, 2014 at 06:03 PM
I'd party with her.

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