Trinity superintendent admitted to ARD program

May 16, 2014

Trinity Area School District Superintendent Paul Kasunich was admitted into the state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program Friday for driving under the influence of alcohol in February in Ohio Township, Allegheny County.

A toxicology report showed Kasunich’s blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit when he was charged Feb. 2.

First-time offenders who successfully complete the 12-month probationary ARD program can have charges against them dismissed and their record expunged. The hearing was held Friday morning before Allegheny County Judge Robert Gallo.

According to police, Kasunich’s BAC was 0.207 percent when he was pulled over on Mt. Nebo Road shortly after 2 a.m. for driving erratically. Under Pennsylvania law, anyone with a BAC over 0.08 percent is considered legally intoxicated. Kasunich’s BAC places him in tier 3, the highest level of DUI.

Kasunich also faced charges for disregarding traffic lanes and careless driving. Those charges were dismissed under the ARD program.

As a part of the program, Kasunich was order to pay court fees, municipal fees and surcharges. His license was suspended for at least 60 days, according to court documents. Kasunich also must undergo a drug and alcohol assessment and complete any recommended treatment.

Kasunich’s attorney, Robert Del Greco Jr., said his client’s future with the school district still has to be addressed.

“I was under the impression that the position was held in abeyance pending the final outcome,” Del Greco said. “We are hopeful that reinstatement will be the result. However, I’m not sure when that will be addressed or where they are in the process.”

Trinity Area School Board suspended Kasunich with pay after his arrest. Board members did not discuss Kasunich’s status at a meeting Thursday night.

When reached Friday, board President Jennifer Morgan deferred comment to Pittsburgh attorney Alan Shuckrow. Shuckrow was hired as special counsel to handle the situation. Shuckrow was in court on another matter and did not return calls seeking comment.

Francesca Sacco joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in November 2013, and covers the Washington County Courthouse and education. Prior to working with the Observer-Reporter, Francesca was a staff writer with a Gannett paper in Ohio. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor’s degree in print and broadcast journalism.

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