The Janesville City Council approves a settlement with a former teacher who resigned under allegations that she was intoxicated while chaperoning a field trip – but not without some dissent.
Council Vice President Jens Jorgensen said he thinks the courts should determine the outcome of Maria Caya’s $5.5 million lawsuit.
In a five to one vote with Council member Carol Tidwell absent, and Jorgensen dissenting, the council approved paying Caya $75,000 – most of which will cover her legal fees.
Caya sued the City in June of last year, claiming the police department improperly released her hospital-provided blood alcohol level to the media.
During the incident in June of 2013, Caya was accused of trying to order a beer, becoming sick, and passing out while supervising a group of 4th graders with about eight other adults.