Principal removed from Trinity following alcohol-related incident
In a document obtained by The Press on Wednesday afternoon, Trinity Catholic Schools’ Bishop David Kagan notified faculty that Father Kregg Hochhalter has been removed from his position as principal of Trinity High School and Junior High School effective immediately. The announcement comes after Hochhalter and a female teacher/coach consumed alcohol and had an open container in a school vehicle while driving to Minot for the Class B State Basketball Tournament. The letter claims that Hochhalter made efforts to conceal their actions.
A Catholic school principal has been removed from his position after he was accused of consuming alcohol in a school vehicle.
The Trinity Catholic Schools Board of Directors made the unanimous decision to immediately remove Father Kregg Hochhalter as principal of Trinity Junior High and High School.
Amy Grinsteinner, who was in the vehicle with Hochhalter, has also been dismissed from all administrative responsibilities including as Trinity Elementary North principal and athletic director for elementary and junior high, according to a letter obtained by The Dickinson Press.
Bishop David Kagan removed Hochhalter after the Thursday, March 18, incident where officials say that Hochhalter and Grinsteinner consumed alcohol and had an open container in a school vehicle while driving to Minot, N.D., for the State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament.
“In addition, they made efforts to conceal their actions,” Trinity Catholic School President Steve Glasser stated in the letter.
Grinsteinner is also being placed on administrative leave from her teaching position and will resume teaching “no earlier than Tuesday, April 6,” the letter stated.
Grinsteinner, who’s been a history teacher at Trinity Catholic Schools since August 2018, was involved in a previous alcohol-related incident in 2014 when she was found guilty of driving under the influence. In that incident, Grinsteinner pleaded not guilty, but the courts ultimately ruled against her.
“Rest assured that we will continue to provide a positive learning environment for children these last seven and a half weeks of school. More information will be coming out to both parents and students over the next few days regarding many logistics for the remainder of the academic year,” the letter added.
The Dickinson Press reached out to Glasser for comment Wednesday, but he declined to comment on matters related to the incident or Trinity Catholic Schools personnel.