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Cedar Lane gym teacher arrested after reporting to school drunk

Gregory Wuenschel

A Loudoun County Public Schools elementary school teacher was arrested Dec. 4 after coming to school drunk.

Gregory A. Wuenschel, 48, of Ranson, W.Va. was charged with driving under the influence, driving without a license and possession of alcohol on school property.

Wuenschel, a Cedar Lane Elementary gym teacher in Ashburn and nine-year veteran of LCPS, has been placed on administrative leave, according to Wayde Byard, spokesman for LCPS.

Byard said the only class Wuenschel instructed that day was team taught, and no students were alone with Wuenschel.

"No student safety was compromised," Byard assured.

Administrators were notified of Wuenschel's behavior by a staff member. They then contacted Broad Run's school resource officer, a member of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, to investigate the situation.

During the investigation, it was determined that Wuenschel was not only intoxicated, but had driven to school that morning. He was arrested shortly before 10 a.m.

"It was all done discreetly," Byard said. "The school day wasn't interrupted."

Wuenschel has since been released on a $2,500 bond.


Hey Carlos Danger

Not bashing LCPS teachers - some of them do a fine job.  Just wanted to make sure you understand that it costs $75,000 a year to have a teacher on staff starting on day one (salary plus benefits - benefits make up a large chunk of employee expense) for what is essentially a 7.5 hour workday, 9 month a year contract. (Summers off plus generous holidays = 9 months) 

Please stop crying for “underpaid” public sector employees. The math tells a different story.

LoCo Wonders,
You can apply here: https://apply.lcps.org/appentry/
Unfortunately, you are going to have to have the right degree and certifications, then work 23 years to get to 75K.  But you can start at 46k and work your way up to 75K if the County appropriates funds for you to get the small incremental raises, (since teachers haven’t gotten these raises for multiple years in a row). see salary schedule here:  http://www.lcps.org/cms/lib4/VA01000195/Centricity/domain/69/salaryscale/FY14 Salary Scales for Personnel.pdf
Not sure where you get the 1 hour workday,since LCPS employees work a minimum 7.5 hour contract day. 
Also, the “team member” is the second PE teacher in the gym teaching their own class, but these classes are usually taught together since LCPS doesn’t build 2 gyms for elementary schools, forcing classes to be taught together. 
This doesn’t excuse the behavior that led to the charges, but stop portraying teachers as leeches bloating the school budget and providing no service to the community. 
Also, teachers do not control the fact that the job only lasts for 10 months (not 9).  If you want year round school, prepare to pay more in taxes to pay teachers for the extra work. Teachers are only paid for what they work, not summers and holidays.

Curious as to what time of day someone figured this guy was intoxicated(was it in the AM)? 48 and able to drink heavily the night before work….Can’t be too tough a job. Driving without a license usually means it’s been suspended….

OK,I promise to show up stone cold sober every day.

Where do I apply for the $75,000 year nine month a year job that requires me to work one hour a day? (and I have a “team member” to help for that one hour, whatever that means)

Yeah, there no room to cut one dollar out of the LCPS budget!!! (But we can afford this crap!)

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