FARGO – With the start of a new school year just around the corner, the superintendent of the Northern Cass School District is facing a drunken driving charge.
Cory Steiner, 42, of Arthur, N.D., was charged with misdemeanor DUI. He was also cited for speeding, according to court documents.
Steiner told The Forum he couldn’t comment on the legal matter, but when asked whether he’d be at work on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 23, he said, “I fully intend to.”
A Cass County sheriff’s deputy stopped Steiner outside Mapleton, N.D., just before 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, according to court documents.
He was given a breathalyzer test, which showed a blood alcohol level of 0.165 percent, about twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, court documents stated.
The arrest came days after the Northern Cass School District announced it would be without a full-time high school principal for the coming school year. Former assistant principal Ryan Lyson failed to obtain the necessary credentials in time to be offered a contract for the position.
As a result, high school principal duties have been divided between Steiner, elementary school principal Crysta Schenck and Derrick Bopp, the district's dean of students and athletic director.
Bopp said Steiner’s arrest will be discussed during a regular school board meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Northern Cass School Board President Susie Carlson said Steiner will be at that meeting.
Asked about his future with the district, Carlson said Steiner will “stay on” and that they’ll allow the legal process to play out.
“We are supportive and are going to move forward appropriately,” Carlson said.
“We believe in the work he does and keeps moving our school forward with education initiatives,” she added.
Steiner took over as principal at Northern Cass on July 1, 2014, after working for the North Dakota Education Technology Council for several years.
Before that, he’d been principal at West Fargo High School for a year when he abruptly asked the school board to release him from his contract in June 2012.
He served five years as an assistant principal there prior, and was named the North Dakota Assistant Principal of the Year in 2010.
Steiner is set to be arraigned Thursday, Aug. 31, in Cass County District Court.