Laurel County schools Superintendent David Young resigned Tuesday in the wake of his drunken-driving arrest over the weekend.
School board Chairman Charles Stuber said Young told him he had made a mistake and didn't want it to become a problem for the school district. Stuber said Young had been with the school system for more than 37 years, working his way up from science teacher. The school system is the 12th-largest in the state, Stuber said.
Young had an excellent record with the Laurel County school system and had been honored for his work, Stuber said.
Police charged Young with impaired driving, resisting arrest and having prescription pills not in the proper container after finding him in a wrecked pickup truck Saturday evening.
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He has pleaded not guilty.
Stuber said the board will hire an interim superintendent for a few months while members search for a replacement for Young.