ALBERT LEA, Minn. – An Albert Lea school employee had her job terminated Monday morning after multiple offenses against school code.
The Albert Lea Public Schools board voted unanimously Monday to terminate 33-year-old Erin Bennett.
She was a teacher at the school since 2017.
According to district officials, Bennett, who was listed on the school’s website as part of the early childhood special education staff, had three offenses against school code.
“It’s a sad decision to make,” said Superintendent Michael Funk.
He recommended terminating Bennett following reports of recent incidents involving drugs.
The district said Monday that student safety is in the district’s number one priority.
Bennett was charged with marijuana possession this summer.
We spoke to the Albert Lea Police Department to try to find out what illegal substance she was found last month.
They wouldn’t confirm or deny the substance in question was cocaine. They tell KIMT that they completed a lab test and gave recommendations to the city attorney’s office.
“When we have a series of repeated offense like this…we can’t stand for this as a school board,” Said Funk.
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