School board member resigns after being charged with DUI, hit and run

SPOKANE, Wash. --- A Spokane Public School board member recently charged with DUI and hit and run resigned from his office.

Paul Schneider resigned on Tuesday. He had been a co-legislative liaison for the Spokane Public Schools board.

“There is no doubt that this decision was difficult for Paul to make,” said Deana Brower, the school board president in a statement. “His passion for education and what is best for the classrooms of our district has been evident over the past 18 months of his service.”

Schneider was accused last month of hitting a bicyclist on Rockwood Boulevard near Perry Street. Police said they found Schneider a few blocks away, with his van on the curb and a woman helping him. They said there was alcohol in the car, according to court documents.

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Previously, Schneider’s lawyer Chris Bugbee said Schneider is heartbroken about what happened. He said his client has personal issues to deal with and is going to get the treatment he needs. Bugbee said Schneider would like to continue to do work that helps the community and wants to be someone who does positive things once he has conquered his personal issues.

"He's been involved in treatment since a few days after this incident occurred," Bugbee said on Tuesday. 

Bugbee said Schneider will have a pretrial conference on September 15 and is scheduled to go to trial on October 2.

Schneider is a teacher at University High School. No one from Central Valley School District was available to comment on Tuesday, but Bugbee said the school has been "very supportive" since the incident.

Officials said the school board will meet in early August with legal counsel to determine next steps and a timeline in the public process to fill Schneider’s seat on the five-member board. 

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