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Niskayuna elementary school principal charged with DWI

Inset: Laurel Jones, 44, principal of Rosendale Elementary School in Niskayuna, is seen.
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Inset: Laurel Jones, 44, principal of Rosendale Elementary School in Niskayuna, is seen.

The principal of Rosendale Elementary School in Niskayuna was charged with driving while intoxicated following a stop over Thanksgiving break.

Laurel Jones, 44, was stopped by Bethlehem town police at 10:12 p.m. Nov. 27 on Route 9W for driving without headlamps, said James Rexford, the public information officer for the department.

“She had odor of alcohol coming from her breath and did fail field sobriety tests,” Rexford said Friday.

However, Rexford said he did not have a blood alcohol content level available for Jones because she refused to submit to a chemical test.

Police said she had been drinking at Lost and Found, a bar and eatery in Albany.

Rexford said Jones also received an infraction for driving without headlamps on. She is due to appear in town court Dec. 14.

“The district acknowledges this situation and takes it very seriously,” said Matt Leon, district spokesperson, in an email. “Ms. Jones did bring this to the attention of district leaders. She is continuing to serve as principal of the school at this time. As a general practice, the district does not discuss personnel matters and has no additional comment at this time.”

Jones was named principal of Rosendale in September by the school board. She had previously worked as the elementary administrator for the Bethlehem Central School District, according to the Niskayuna school district’s website.

Niskayuna School Board President Kim Tully could not be reached for comment.

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