For the second time since school began in September, Carlton Middle and High School is without an administrator.
Barry Wolff resigned from his position Monday, Feb. 3, Superintendent Gwen Carman confirmed.
The resignation comes just three days after Wolff pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI in Sherburne County and was sentenced to a year of probation.
In a letter to Carman, Wolff cited the “stress and related health problems” stemming from his arrest as his reasons for stepping down.
“The shame and embarrassment I have put not only the Carlton district through, as well as my family, children and mostly myself, has been a very painful and life-changing experience. I take full responsibility for my actions and horrible mistake I made that night,” Wolff wrote.
On Dec. 27, 2019, an officer with the Big Lake Police Department pulled Wolff over in Sherburne County after his pickup truck crossed the center and fog lines and made a wide turn onto state Highway 10 from County Road 81, according to the criminal complaint. Wolff failed standard field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol level of 0.13%, the complaint said.
On Friday, Wolff pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle within two hours of having a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or greater and was sentenced to a year of probation, court records show. He must undergo a chemical assessment and pay $185 in fines and fees. One count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol was dismissed.
Wolff was hired in October after previous principal Barry Fischer resigned early in the school year. Fischer left to take a job with Duluth Public Schools.
Wolff was previously the executive director of North Shore Community School, a K-6 charter school located between Duluth and Two Harbors. He resigned from the post in July 2017.
Carman said school district officials haven't decided if they will fill the position.