Farmington, Farmington HillsNovember 26, 2013
FPS substitute teacher arrested after alleged drunk and disorderly incident
By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer
FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — A substitute teacher who allegedly showed up to work intoxicated at O.E. Dunckel Middle School Nov. 15 will face a pretrial Dec. 26.
Patricia Anne Mazurkiewicz, 59, of Farmington Hills, was arraigned Nov. 21 before 47th District Court Magistrate Carl Christoph; Judge James B. Brady will oversee her 10 a.m. pretrial in December.
Farmington Hills Police Chief Charles Nebus said officers were called out to the middle school, 32800 W. 12 Mile Road, at 10:57 that morning for a substitute teacher in the office who was allegedly intoxicated.
“We confirmed that the substitute teacher there was in possession of alcohol on school grounds, which is illegal under city ordinance,” Nebus said. “She was uncooperative and became disorderly with the officers.”
Students reportedly informed the school principal, Allen Archer, about Mazurkiewicz’s state, which led to her arrest.
Superintendent Susan H. Zurvalec said in a statement that she commends the students who alerted the principal to the substitute’s erratic behavior, “so that (Archer) was able to address it immediately.”
Nebus said Mazurkiewicz was arrested at the school for allegedly having alcohol on school property and for being a disorderly person. She was briefly taken to the Police Department, then transferred to a medical facility and later released that day.
Mazurkiewicz is on a $2,000 personal bond for the charges according to a 47th District Court official.
FPS spokeswoman Diane Bauman said district substitute teachers are contracted through the Professional Education Services Group, or PESG, one of the largest educational staffing companies in the world, according to their website, www.subpass.com.
PESG representatives did not return calls by press time.
Zurvalec said in the statement that the district does not take unprofessional behavior lightly.
“I want to assure everyone that substitutes that do not meet our expectations for professionalism will not be allowed to return to any of our schools,” Zurvalec said.
In a message sent to Dunckel parents after the alleged incident, Archer explained the events.
“At the beginning of (fourth) hour, students from Mr. Common’s Social Studies class informed me that their substitute teacher was behaving erratically,” Archer’s message reads. “Upon hearing this report, I immediately went to the classroom and removed the substitute. I contacted central office and law enforcement to support me in a course of action. Shortly thereafter, the substitute was removed from the school. I’d like to truly thank the students that came to the office, reported the situation which then allowed me to respond quickly and assure everyone’s safety.”
Nebus said that although the incident was unfortunate, he hopes the students learned a valuable lesson.
“It is not the way we want the students to learn, but they do learn that there are legal consequences and the abuse of alcohol, so they certainly, probably learned something from that,” Nebus said.
A court attorney had not been appointed to Mazurkiewicz’s case by press time.