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COOPERSTOWN, N.D. — The teaching license of a Griggs County Central High School teacher who was sentenced for giving alcohol to underage individuals at the Ralph Engelstad Arena will be temporarily suspended.

The North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board voted Thursday to suspend the license of Nancy Mae Paintner, 59, for two weeks after little discussion, said Janet Welk, executive director of the state board.

"They read through what the school had done and her response," she said. "There wasn't a lot of discussion."

The license suspension means Paintner, who teaches physical education, cannot teach for two weeks, Welk said, adding the suspension will take place sometime near the end of this school year.

Paintner pleaded guilty on Feb. 17 to unlawful delivery to certain people, a Class A misdemeanor, after giving alcohol to an 18- and 20-year-old during a University of North Dakota men's hockey game Oct. 17.

She was sentenced to 20 hours of community service.

Superintendent Meghan Brown was not available Friday to comment on whether Paintner will still remain employed with the school.

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