JANESVILLE (AP) - The Janesville school district is paying a teacher suspected of being drunk at a field trip more than $18,000 to resign.
School Board President Greg Ardrey tells The Janesville Gazette if the district tried to fire 50-year-old teacher Maria Caya, the legal costs would have exceeded the $18,452.
The fourth-grade instructor was taken to a hospital June 6 after police said she passed out during an end-of-school trip to a bowling alley.
If the district had lost, Caya could have been reinstated. Ardrey says that would have put the parents of the children entrusted to Caya's care in a difficult position.
Ardrey says the lump-sum payment was based on Caya's unused sick days accumulated during her 14 years with the district.
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