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Lancaster principal arrested on DWI charge returns to job at Hillview

Amy Moeller, the Lancaster principal charged with drunken driving in February, returned to her job at Hillview Elementary School, the Lancaster Central School District confirmed.

Moeller, 40, was reinstated May 2, after a "thorough review" of the information surrounding her arrest and leave from Hillview, said Michael J. Vallely, superintendent of Lancaster Central School District in a statement released Wednesday.

Moeller, an Amherst resident, had been placed on administrative leave after the incident. The district released the statement in response to requests from a news reporter.

"On the evening of Feb. 14, Mrs. Moeller made a very poor decision to drive while impaired. She has owned her decision-making, expressed extreme remorse and demonstrated she learned a valuable lesson," Vallely stated in the release.

Moeller was northbound on Transit Road south of Casey Road when State Police pulled her over after observing her vehicle drifting into the right lane, said James O'Callaghan, public information officer. She was arrested just before midnight after she failed field sobriety tests and provided a breath sample showing a blood-alcohol level of .13 percent, police reported.

Moeller was also cited for driving without her headlight or tail lights on, police said.

"Lancaster is a school district that believes in compassion, second chances and the growth and learning that comes from life experiences," the superintendent said. "Mrs. Moeller has been an exemplary principal in the past and I believe she will come back stronger and even more committed to the young people of Hillview."

Moeller’s arrest comes more than two years after a Lancaster school assistant principal was fired for two DWI arrests within four months in 2015. John D. Bender served as assistant principal at Lancaster Middle School from 2013 to 2015. He was fired by the district in 2016.

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