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Students list other concerns about Ivey’s classroom

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By Beth Braden

Documents detailing student accounts of their days in Jason Ivey’s class have been released by the Campbell County Board of Education. Ivey resigned last week amid allegations of using inappropriate language in the classroom.

The 22-page document is a typed account of student experiences with names and identifying details redacted. The remaining information details more concerns about the classroom environment besides the allegations of inappropriate remarks and questions. The students also expressed concern regarding Ivey’s teaching, classroom management and language in their statements.

 “He usually gives us a lesson and then we’ll write sentences, but only three or less times a week. A lot of times we end up talking about things that have nothing to do with our lesson such as the Brazillian snake,” wrote one student.

“I love Mr. Ivey, and do not want to hurt him. I have been asked to tell the truth and I have,” the student continued.

That student wasn’t the only one to voice complaints about the classroom. There were six more students who mentioned the infrequency of Ivey’s teaching.

“There are some days we don’t do anything but talk or read in class we just sit around and do nothing,” a student wrote “We might do this two or three days, but then we try to have a discussion and do notes.”

“We could go a week without learning anything,” wrote another pupil. “If we do learn something, he only teaches for like 15 to 20 minutes.”

Two writers allege cheating took place in the classroom.

Class would often consist of Ivey writing a few notes on the board, and spending the rest of the period talking about pop culture and gossip. The following week would be more teaching followed by a test, according to one of the statements.

“He then will give us a 60 question test where everyone cheats off one another because we forget what he had said two weeks ago, or just didn’t simply comprehend it,” the student wrote. The same student went on to say the class is not gaining knowledge. “His students are not benefiting anything from taking his class…I want to learn when I come to school, not just sit and participate in unnecessary doings.”

“People cheat in there because the tests are hard and he doesn’t teach us very well,” wrote another student.

Other complaints about Ivey targeted more non-academic aspects.

“He was just very rude, vulgar and mean,” wrote one student.

“He is disrespectful to Mrs. Becky, the teacher aid,” claimed another.

Several students claimed Ivey said he hated the second period Spanish class.

More than one student wrote they wished Ivey would be more professional in the classroom.

“I would just like him to stop and actually act professional like he should. I would like this not to happen to other students in the future,” a student wrote.

Ivey was originally suspended for three days without pay; half a day on Dec. 14, full days on Dec. 17 and 18, and half a day on Dec. 19. The memo regarding docking the pay was sent to the Campbell County County Finance department on Jan. 4.

After the suspension, Ivey was transferred to the adult education program, but resigned on Jan. 28. At the time of his resignation, he was making $38,310 per year.