ROMEOVILLE, IL (STMW) – After Romeoville High School’s head football coach was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and speeding, the southwest suburban Valley View School District reportedly swapped his classes so he isn’t teaching driver’s education, sources said.
Jeff Kuna, 38, of Plainfield, was hired by the board March 10, 2008, to teach driver’s education and physical education and to coach football. His start date was Aug. 21, 2008.
Kuna’s salary is $70,659, which includes base pay and contributions into the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System. He will also receive a stipend for $15,285 and so far has earned $1,243 for extra hours and event pay thus far this year, district spokesman Larry Randa said.
Because this is a personnel matter, Randa said he could not comment further.
However, sources said Kuna was teaching driver’s ed classes until recently when district administrators heard about the DUI charge.
The district is waiting for the outcome of the court case to make a decision on Kuna’s employment. As a third-year teacher, Kuna does not have tenure.
Prior to 2008, Kuna was assistant football coach and defensive coordinator at Plainfield Central High School.
There, he also taught driver’s ed, CPR and physical education classes, according to the Plainfield School District’s website.
In his February arrest, Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig French said Kuna was pulled over with three passengers at 3:12 a.m. Feb. 20 at Route 126 and Schlapp Road.
“A deputy observed a silver 2006 Ford F-150 traveling at 68 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone,” French said. “Kuna was given a field sobriety test and arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.”
Records show Kuna did not indicate his occupation to the arresting officers or jail staff.
Kuna’s next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.
If convicted, Kuna could be sentenced to up to a year in jail, be fined up to $2,500 and have his driving privileges revoked for a year and his vehicle registration suspended.
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