Bay Co. Teacher Accused of Keeping a Drug House

Panama City, Fla. - The Bay District School teacher accused of keeping a drug house in Callaway is suspended but will likely receive pay for at least another week.

"Teachers do get due process in something like this," said Deputy Superintendent Sandra Davis.

Williams was arrested late last week after Bay County Sheriff's Deputies executed a search warrant at her Barton Avenue home. Deputies wrote in an arrest affidavit that numerous people with drug charges and even people wanted for arrest were seen frequenting Williams' home.

Deputies also wrote they found drug paraphernalia in her Barton Avenue home, controlled substances in the master bedroom, and a new legend drug in her purse. Suspected controlled substances were located in a shed on the property, they added.

Once arrested, Williams allegedly also told deputies that she used meth once a day.

In a letter to Kenya Williams, 42, a first grade teacher at Breakfast Point Academy, Human Resources Director Sharon Michalik wrote, "Based on your recent arrest you are suspended, with pay, at this time and may not return to work without first having an informal hearing with the Superintendent.

Superintendent Bill Husfelt is expected to meet with Williams next week.

"The individual can bring a representative with them to the hearing that the superintendent holds, and then the superintendent can move after that hearing to recommend termination to the school board. Only the school board has the authority to suspend without pay," Davis said.

If Husfelt recommends termination of Williams' employment, school board members could vote whether to accept his recommendation and fire Williams at their regularly scheduled meeting on September 26th.

News 13 pulled Williams' personnel file and found no complaints. The records also show Williams has been rated as a highly effective teacher, an evaluation largely based on student test scores and principal evaluation.

At her first appearance, Williams was released without a bond but ordered to submit to random drug testing and prohibited from consuming alcohol. Williams is scheduled to return to court on November 7th.

News 13 tried to call Williams Friday afternoon but could not reach her.

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A first-grade teacher at Breakfast Point Academy is charged with keeping a drug house.

Kenya Williams, 42, of Panama City, was arrested late last week after Bay County Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant at her Barton Avenue home. Deputies wrote in an arrest affidavit that numerous people with drug charges and even people wanted for arrest were seen frequenting Williams' home.

Deputies also wrote that they found drug paraphernalia in her Barton Avenue home, controlled substances in the master bedroom, and a new legend drug in her purse. Suspected controlled substances were located in a shed on the property, they added.

Once arrested Williams allegedly told deputies that she used meth once a day.

Bay district school officials confirmed Friday that Williams she has now been suspended with pay and that they notified, Professional Practices, the division of Florida's Department of Education that oversees teacher certification, of the arrest. 

At her first appearance, Williams was released without a bond but ordered to submit to random drug testing and prohibited from consuming alcohol. Williams is scheduled to return to court on November 7. 


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