JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- At Monday’s school board meeting, members did not discuss the conduct of an elementary school teacher who passed out on the job after reportedly drinking.
Board of Education vice president Kristin Hesselbacher says that the board rarely handles personnel issues, and human resources professionals are handling the investigation.
50-year-old Maria Caya was chaperoning a field trip for fourth and fifth grade Washington Elementary students, according to the Janesville School District. Caya and eight other teachers and the students were at the River’s Edge Bowling Alley in Janesville when Caya passed out, according to a Janesville police report.
When she was taken to a hospital, testing showed her blood alcohol level was 0.27 – three times the legal limit for driving. Caya also told hospital employees she had been drinking alcohol at 6:00 a.m. that day, according to the police report.
"I think that person should be stripped of their license and never be able to teach again," said parent Andrew Klund, whose daughter attends a neighboring elementary school.
Klund says he was shocked the teacher was not brought up at the school board meeting. However, Hesselbacher stresses there were other supervisors present.
"There isn't really any good news, but all of our students were safe during that time. There were eight other teachers and staff present at that time, so students were never in any danger. But if indeed that all happened, it was clearly inappropriate," Hesselbacher said.
Hesselbacher says the personnel issue would be handled at the district level, and may not make its way up to the Board of Education.
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