Teacher suspended with pay following charge of possession
A Mariner High School teacher accused of possessing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school is suspended with pay while the school district conducts an investigation.
Sheila Hoover, 56, was arrested Friday afternoon by the Cape Coral Police Department’s Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Unit as she drove out of the school’s parking lot, according to officials.
Hoover, who teaches 11th-grade English and speech, is charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of a controlled substance and possession of narcotic equipment.
Joe Donzelli, spokesperson for the Lee County School District, said Hoover is suspended with pay until the district finishes its investigation.
“She is suspended with pay until the completion of the district’s internal investigation and review,” he said. “At the conclusion of said investigation, a determination will be made concerning any further disciplinary action.”
The VIN unit conducted a traffic stop on Hoover after staking out her car Friday following an anonymous tip, according to officials. K-9 Officer Ben detected the presence of illegal drugs, and a gram of crystal methamphetamine was found in her vehicle.
Hoover was released on bond Saturday from the Lee County Jail.