Statement: Teacher accused of being drunk on trip wants to return to work

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

— The husband of a Janesville teacher suspected of being drunk on a school field trip has issued a statement, indicating the teacher wants to get well and return to work.

Steve Caya, an attorney and husband of Washington Elementary School teacher Maria Caya, issued a statement to Channel 3 News on Wednesday, saying his wife was deeply sorry for the incident.

The statement indicated the couple are focusing on Maria’s recovery and do not feel an interview would help that process.

“As you might imagine, this have been a very difficult time for Maria and our family,” the statement reads. “Maria regrets beyond words what occurred and is looking forward to getting the help she needs in order to regain the trust of her students, their parents and her co-workers, and the Janesville School District.”

A police report quotes staff at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center as saying Maria Caya had a 0.27 blood-alcohol content after she went home ill from a field trip to a bowling alley.

Police are investigating the incident this week.

School officials have acknowledged that the teacher went home “ill” and said students were never in any danger. Eight other adults were on the field trip with fourth- and fifth-graders.

Officials have said they don’t know how many children were involved. Superintendent Karen Schulte said the district will begin its own investigation after police have completed theirs.

Chris Jones of Rivers Edge Bowl contacted The Gazette on Wednesday, saying he is hearing from people who mistakenly believe the teacher was drinking at the bowling alley.

“We do not serve alcohol to anyone during school functions,” Jones wrote in an email.

Also Wednesday, the district confirmed that Steve Caya works for Nowlan & Mouat, the law firm that acts as legal counsel for the Janesville School District.

District spokesman Brett Berg issued a statement, saying: “If there ever is a conflict of interest, Nowlan & Mouat LLP would step aside as counsel for the district in regards to legal advice/representation. The School District of Janesville would then use Boardman and Clark LLP for legal consultation.”

Last updated: 7:53 am Monday, July 29, 2013

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