After DWI, Lakeville North AD agrees to leave position, heads for classroom

Lakeville North High School Activities Director Bob Ertl, who in December pleaded guilty to drunk driving last June, has agreed to step down from his position effective July 1, 2013, pending School Board approval tonight.

Proposed is for Ertl to instead return to the classroom next year as a social studies teacher.

Ertl did not return phone calls or emails seeking comment, and District 194 Administrative Services Executive Director Tony Massaros said Ertl will not speak publicly about the agreement.

When news of his DWI arrest became public in January, Ertl expressed remorse about the incident publicly, granting interviews with several media outlets, including Sun Thisweek.

“He’s really valuing his privacy now, and hoping members of the media would respect that,” said School District 194 Communications Director Linda Swanson.

Massaros said the agreement was reached this week, and did not have anything to do with recent discussions with the School Board searching for $3.5 million in budget cuts.

One of the options being considered is reducing the number of activities directors in the district, although the process is fluid and the board has not made any final decisions.

The change for Ertl to return to the classroom was quietly placed on the Lakeville School Board’s consent agenda for tonight along with several other position changes.

Consent agenda items are generally passed at public meetings with one motion and not discussed individually unless a board member pulls it for discussion.

Ertl, 47, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to gross misdemeanor DWI after being arrested June 7, 2012 when he tested with a blood-alcohol content of .13 percent.

The 20-year District 194 employee received a stayed jail sentence but was fined $615 and given two years of probation,   ordered to serve 10 days of electric monitoring and perform 240 hours of community service.

Ertl apologized in January for “the negative impact” the incident may have had on the district and said he was “taking action to get his life in order,” including going through treatment.

The district then also stated Ertl had demonstrated for months his commitment to positively resolving the matter.

Court records show Ertl was also charged with DWI in 2008, but in a plea agreement the charges were dropped to careless driving.