Originally created 09/06/00

Westside teacher loses paid leave after arrest



A Westside High School teacher facing drug charges in Columbia County was placed on administrative leave without pay Tuesday.

Deborah Lynn Foley, 45, of Martinez, had been on administrative leave with pay after her arrest during a drug raid at her Oak Brook Drive home Aug. 18.

Because she waived her right to a hearing before the Board of Education within 10 days of her arrest, Richmond County Superintendent Charles Larke placed her on administrative leave without pay, pending the outcome of the criminal charges.

Mrs. Foley, who had taught home economics at Westside since 1998, has not been in school since her arrest.

Mrs. Foley will have a hearing today to determine whether her bond should be revoked.

District Attorney Danny Craig moved to revoke her bond last week after a second arrest, when a runaway from North Augusta was found at her home. Mrs. Foley was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and interfering with parental custody.

The drug charges against her include felony manufacturing of marijuana, felony possession of a schedule one narcotic and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Six other people, including two juveniles, also were arrested on drug charges Aug. 18.

Mr. Craig is seeking the revocation because one of the conditions for bond is that the defendant not have further violations while on bond.

If her bond were revoked, Mrs. Foley would be returned to the Columbia County Detention Center. Her bond is $8,650 for the drug charges and $3,600 for the later charges.

Reach Jennifer Miller at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 117.