MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- A Monticello special education teacher and her husband are both facing drug and weapons charges after they were pulled over by state police Friday, according to a report by twcnews.com.
Police told twcnews.com that Simona and Robert Ballard were arrested after troopers found cocaine and a blackjack in their car, and a later search of the couple’s Rock Hill home turned up heroin and guns.
Ballard, a former probation officer, has had legal problems in the past, the twcnews.com story said.
In a letter posted on the school district’s website, Superintendent Tammy Mangus assured parents that the arrest did not happen on school grounds.
Without mentioning Ballard by name, Mangus wrote that a teacher has been placed on “paid administrative leave” and that the district was “working diligently” to “ensure that the affected students’ educational needs will continue to be met without interruption.”
Mangus wrote that the safety and well-being of students remain the district’s “primary concern,” explaining that that is why it “acted proactively” in this case.
“While situations like this can be upsetting, I know we will work together to support our students and focus on their education,” Mangus wrote.