PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- The Charlotte County School District released a copy of its investigation into Charlotte High School math teacher Jeff Spires. The report details statements from students and Spires, who confess to taking part in grade-changing for money.
According to the documents, an eleventh-grade student first brought forward allegations that Spires was selling grades on October 14.
In the investigator's report, he says that student told the school's principal Barney Duffy he had bought several favorable grades on quizzes. The district released some of the student's exams. One one of them the student wrote "I paid coach $40.00 cash for this quiz. I paper clipped two 20.00 dollar bills to the quiz."
The district's investigator also questioned Spires, who admitted to selling grades.
In one instance, the investigator writes Spires said he took about $60-70 from an eleventh-grader twice, in exchange for good grades. Spires told the investigator students would turn in tests with money stapled or paper-clipped to the papers.
When asked why he did it, Spires is quoted as saying, "Maybe I see the kids as desperate as I am." The investigator says Spires "went on to say that he was in financial straits due to bankruptcy, arrests, and jail time."
Records from the Charlotte County Jail show Spires was booked three times there within the last two years. The crimes include DUI, driving with a suspended license, and probation violation.
WINK News tried to reach Spires at his home and on the phone, and he did not return any calls.
Monday, Barbara Melanson, Asst. Superintendent of Human Resources said she thought it was unlikely the students involved would be punished since they willingly came forward.
Click here to view the complaint, summary of investigation and conclusion as put forth by the Charlotte County Public Schools.