The Catoosa County school board has terminated Tiger Creek Elementary teacher Sharon Roszell, who was arrested late last month on drug charges.
The school board held a public hearing Monday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to discuss the matter. The board then went into executive session to deliberate. Executive sessions are not open to the public.
After deliberating, the board then came back into open session to ask more questions, and then went back into executive session.
After the second executive session, the board voted unanimously — about 11 p.m. — to terminate Roszell’s teaching contract.
Marissa Brower, communications specialist for Catoosa schools, said the system does not typically rehire employees who are terminated.
Roszell, 27, turned herself in Friday, Nov. 20, after warrants for her arrest were issued that stemmed from a search for drugs at her home.
Roszell was not present at the time of the search, but hydrocodone pills and four pounds of marijuana were found at the residence, along with $6,000 in cash, sheriff Phil Summers said. Her husband was also taken into custody, he said.
According to school officials, Roszell taught in the computer lab at Tiger Creek Elementary in Ringgold. She had been employed by the school system since Aug. 1, 2006. She was placed on paid administrative leave on Nov. 19, the day before she turned herself in to law enforcement authorities.
It is the school system’s policy to place an employee on paid administrative leave when charged with breaking a law that is a potential violation of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Code of Ethics.
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