GRAND FORKS - A Griggs County Central High School teacher who was sentenced last month for giving alcohol to underage individuals in October at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks still has her job, for now.

Nancy Mae Paintner, 59, pleaded guilty on Feb. 17 to unlawful delivery to certain persons, a Class A misdemeanor, after giving alcohol to an 18- and 20-year-old the night of Oct. 17 during a University of North Dakota men's hockey game. She was sentenced to 20 hours of community service.

An officer working in plain clothes watched Paintner set an alcoholic beverage down near two minors, ages 20 and 18, around 9 p.m. and saw the minors drink the alcohol, according to court documents.

Paintner told the officer she allowed the two to drink the alcohol and "that she should not have," according to court documents.

The two underage drinkers were cited and released, but Paintner was arrested and transported to Grand Forks County Correctional Center.

If Paintner completes her community service and follows the guidelines of her one year of unsupervised probation, she has the opportunity to strike the case from her record.

Paintner, who teaches physical education, was still employed with Griggs County Central in Cooperstown as of Monday afternoon, Superintendent Meghan Brown said.

Any further action to determine if Paintner will remain employed with the school will be handled by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board, Brown said.

The board hadn't reviewed the case or made a decision as of Monday afternoon, Executive Director Janet Welk said.

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