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Drunk Janesville teacher paid over $18k after resignation

JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A Janesville elementary teacher who was drunk on a school field trip was paid over $18,000 after she resigned.

50-year-old Maria Caya quit a month-and-a-half ago, after she was found to be drunk while supervising 4th and 5th graders who went bowling in June.

School Board president Greg Ardrey tells WKOW-TV in Madison he does not feel good about the large payment to Caya – but he calls it best solution for everybody.

The district said the $18,000-plus was in the form of unused sick leave, and she’ll get health and dental benefits through this month. In exchange, she agreed not to sue the school district for any reason.

Teachers’ union president Dave Parr tells WKOW the deal is consistent with other Janesville teachers who’ve resigned.

The union’s contract recently ended due to the state’s Act 10 bargaining limits – and union secretary Wendy Haag said it leaves the value of unpaid sick leave unclear.

Caya had spent 14 years in the Janesville school system.