Teacher facing meth charges suspended with pay

A Phenix City elementary school teacher charged on Saturday with manufacturing meth in her home will be put on administrative leave with pay, superintendent Larry DiChiara said.

Elizabeth Grace Brooks, a Title One reading teacher for kindergarten through third grade at Phenix City Elementary, was arrested by officials with Lee County Sheriff's and the United States Postal Inspection Service after search of her residence in Smiths Station revealed several items commonly associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Brooks, who was being held in the Lee County jail on a $31,000 bond, bonded out Monday at around 7:15 p.m.

She will be placed on administrative leave with pay as soon as she contacts the school district, DiChiara said.

He said he was unsure of her salary. Beginning certified teachers with a bachelor's degree in the system earn $36,144 a year. Brooks has been teaching at Phenix City Elementary for six years and has taught at Meadowlane Elementary, Suzie E. Allen Elementary and Central Elementary in the past as well.

A certified teacher will be hired to take over Brooks' position until the investigation concludes. DiChiara said they hope to hire someone by the end of the week.

Brooks passed a school district background check several years ago. Phenix City school employees are not required to take drug tests unless their responsibilities include driving a district vehicle.

After a two-year investigation, Brooks, 43, was arrested on Feb. 29 at approximately 10:30 p.m. and charged one count of unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

The search of her residence on Lee Road 959 revealed several various types of drug smoking devices, glassware, plastic tubing, coffee filters, acetone, pill grinder, muriatic acid, pseudoephedrine, glassware containing methamphetamine residue, and many other items commonly associated with the clandestine manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Law enforcement agencies began their investigation after obtaining information that Brooks' ordered numerous items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine from different Web sites on the internet.