Guth resigns as Jefferson principal following guilty plea

By BRYAN CLARK

bryan@spiritofjefferson.com 

CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson High School Principal Howard Guth submitted his resignation from the Jefferson County Public Schools system Thursday after pleading guilty to a charge of criminally negligent manslaughter stemming from a car accident last March.

Guth, 58, had a blood alcohol content of .08 — the legal limit in Maryland — when he struck Priyanka Malik, 26, as she crossed Sharpsburg Pike on foot on March 11, 2013. Guth told police that Malik ran into the road. Washington County, Md. Prosecutor Steven Kessell told the Hagerstown Herald Mail that it might have been difficult for a sober driver to avoid the accident under the circumstances.

Guth received a sentence of nine days in jail, which he will serve during weekends. Guth was previously arrested on DUI charges in 2009.

Superintendent Susan Wall confirmed Friday that Guth had offered his resignation. The Board of Education will hold a special meeting Thursday to consider accepting the resignation. Wall said she could not further discuss personnel matters.

She said it is too early to say how the board will begin to look for a replacement, if the board accepts Guth’s resignation.

Jefferson High School currently has three assistant principals: Tony Roman, Darrius Fenton and Mary Beth Group. Each has a master’s degree. Roman has served as assistant principal since 2006, Fenton since 2012 and Group since 2013.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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One Response to Guth resigns as Jefferson principal following guilty plea

  1. Mr. Guth, you’ll truly be missed around Jefferson. :( Always with a kind heart and wonderful personality to us students. So sad this had to happen.

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