San Francisco principal takes plea deal in DUI, hit-and-run case 

Sheila Milosky of Paul Revere Elementary School must also complete community service and rehab. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Sheila Milosky of Paul Revere Elementary School must also complete community service and rehab.

The controversial principal of Paul Revere Elementary School in Bernal Heights was sentenced Tuesday to community service hours instead of jail time in connection with a DUI arrest last month in which she allegedly sideswiped two vehicles just south of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sheila Milosky pleaded no contest to two DUI counts Tuesday as part of a deal with prosecutors that will allow her to remain in school rather than behind bars. As part of the deal, prosecutors dismissed the hit-and-run charge.

Milosky was actually sentenced to 30 days in jail, but that time will be served wearing an orange vest while cleaning up around The City as part of the Sheriff’s Department’s alternative work program. She also will spend nine months in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

The principal and her attorney, Sam Ware, declined to discuss specifics of the case, citing a gag order from insurance companies. Milosky did say she has never had a DUI before.

“Mistakes are made,” Ware said. “She’s a human being.”

The Department of Motor Vehicles has suspended her license, Ware added.

The incident happened about 12:30 a.m. May 12, according to prosecutors, when 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 on the approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. Milosky reportedly was unresponsive when victims of the collisions confronted her before she left the scene, the California Highway Patrol said. She was pulled over at Vista Point just north of the bridge, and was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.

The DUI was the second time in less than a year that the principal has made less-than-scholarly headlines.

After taking the helm at Paul Revere last school year to oversee federally mandated reforms, Milosky was criticized by some parents for deploying corporal punishment tactics, including physical punishment, restrictive bathroom policies, and silent lunches and recesses in the school’s basement.

However, the San Francisco Unified School District and other parents denied any wrongdoing and supported Milosky’s style.

The district also has noted that the DUI collision happened on a weekend and was unrelated to Milosky’s job. And a misdemeanor conviction is not grounds for her termination, SFUSD spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said.

Milosky is next scheduled to appear in court July 19 for a restitution status hearing.

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