Suspended Berlin teacher identified

Published on Friday, 23 February 2018 17:44
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The Berlin School District has released the name of the teacher suspended earlier this month pending an investigation, amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Michael Cwirka, 28, of Meriden, was put on administrative leave with pay, pending the investigation of the on Feb. 9.

Cwirka is a math teacher and coach of the girls swim team. He served as a Junior Class Advisor Youth and Government Advisor, according to his personnel file.

He was placed on leave by Superintendent of Schools Brian Benigni.

That same day, Feb. 9, Board of Education member Frederick Morley Jr. told The Herald he learned of the suspension from Benigni.

The alleged relationship occurred with the student while she was in high school, Morley said, but the student has since graduated and is now in college.

Benigni said parents of Cwirka’s class were notified that another certified teacher in Cwirka’s curriculum area will be teaching Cwirka’s class. He declined further comment.

Berlin Police Chief John Klett said his department was not investigating the matter as it didn’t fall within his jurisdiction.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Friday, 23 February 2018 17:44. Updated: Friday, 23 February 2018 22:39.