CONWAY — A popular teacher at Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center at Kennett High School has pleaded no contest in connection to hosting an underage drinking party at his Redstone home last fall.

Andrew Shaw, 42, appeared in Conway District Court on Tuesday where as part of an agreement, he pleaded “nolo contendere,” or no contest, to one count of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. A second charge, facilitating a drug or underage alcohol house party, was dropped.

According to Conway police, around 10:30 p.m. Nov. 3, 2018, Shaw was holding a gathering at his residence at which he knew that there were persons who were not 21 who “possessed or intended to consume alcoholic beverages at said party.”

Shaw organized the gathering, the complaint states, and “at least 5 individuals unrelated to him were present and under the age of 21, while at least one individual under the age of 21 consumed or possessed alcohol.”

Judge Janet H. Subers ordered him to pay a $500 fine and $120 in court fees.

On Jan. 31, the Conway School Board, according to meeting minutes, voted to suspend Andrew Shaw without pay until May 15, 2019, and to place him on a three-year “last-chance improvement plan determined by the superintendent.”

The public turned out in large numbers to support Shaw, who faced termination, before the School Board and recently, readers of the Conway Daily Sun named Shaw “best teacher” in the Mount Washington Valley.