A Great Bend USD 428 teacher arrested last month on drug charges had her bond reduced Wednesday pending her preliminary hearing, which is set for 3 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Barton County District Court.
District Judge Hannelore Kitts reduced the bond for Angela Renee Foote from $25,000 to $10,000, cash or surety. Foote was arrested on Sept. 19 at Great Bend Middle School, where she was a special education teacher. After the arrest she was suspended with pay, and on Monday the school board took further action, suspending her without pay.
The same day she was arrested, Great Bend Police officers also arrested Jordan Hale on drug charges at 3828 Forest Ave. According to court documents, that is also listed as Foote’s address and the location of the alleged crimes.
Hale had his bond reduced from $100,000 to $50,000 at a hearing on Monday. His preliminary hearing is also set for Nov. 3.
Charges against Foote include possession of methamphetamine, use of a communication facility (such as a telephone) for drug transactions, conspiracy to commit use of a facility for drug transactions, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hale was arrested on a warrant for alleged cultivation, distribution or possession with intent to distribute Tapentadol (an analgesic that is classified as a narcotic and prescribed for pain relief) within 1,000 feet of a school; cultivation, distribution or possession with the intent to distribute hallucinogenic drug; possession of meth; use of a communication facility for drug transactions; conspiracy to commit use of a communication facility for drug transactions; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Forest Ave. address is within 1,000 feet of Eisenhower Elementary School.
After the arrests, Capt. Bob Robinson with the GBPD said they were part of an ongoing investigation in which the police department and Barton County Sheriff’s Office are working with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.