The principal of Fallon Park Elementary School in Roanoke has been given the mandatory minimum sentence for first offense driving under the influence.


On January 13, 39-year-old award-winning teacher and principal Cynthia Delp pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge in Roanoke County General District Court.


According to Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Marian Kelley, Delp had her driver’s license suspended for a year, except to drive to work, Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program meetings, and medical reasons.


Delp has also been ordered to pay a fine of $250, pay court costs of $171, and serve eight hours of community service and was given a 90-day suspended jail sentence.


The court also took an additional charge of refusing to take a breath or blood test under advisement.


On November 28, Delp was arrested following a traffic accident near Tanglewood Mall.


Delp became principal of Fallon Park in 2004. She previously served as an administrator in schools in Giles and Patrick counties.


Delp was awarded the Outstanding Principal Award in 2005 from the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia. A California-based research group named Fallon Park one of the best urban schools in the U.S. in March.


Tiffany Woods, a spokeswoman for the school system, said that Delp remains the school’s principal.

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