Saturday, April 4, 2009

OK: Tulsa school secretary resigns after corporal punishment investigation

By Staff Reports
Published: 4/3/2009 5:01 PM
Last Modified: 4/3/2009 5:21 PM

The principal’s secretary at Hawthorne Elementary School resigned following an investigation into the use of corporal punishment at the school.

Erica L. Ivey, who has worked for Tulsa Public Schools since October 2005, told district administrators this week of her intent to resign.

Roger Holder, compliance officer for TPS, said once he receives a formal resignation letter from Ivey, it will be forwarded to the school board for its consideration to accept it or not.

In early March, Superintendent Keith Ballard said three Hawthorne employees were asked to stay home for a week while administrators looked into multiple complaints. A notice about the matter was sent home to students’ parents.

Holder said Friday that the two other employees have since returned to work.

“She (Ivey) was suspended while allegations were being investigated. She hasn’t been back there (at Hawthorne) since the allegations,” Holder said.

The use of corporal punishment is legal in Oklahoma, but prohibited by Tulsa Public Schools’ own policy.

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