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Gov. demands answers from FSCJ

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Updated: 10/12/2012 6:21 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The governor's probe into FSCJ could change the face of the college.

The governor is calling for new investigations at FSCJ, specifically how the school is spending money. Action News went through page after page of expenses many would consider extravagant. The new documents obtained by Action News show just where the money went.

FSCJ's President, Dr. Steven Wallace, spent nearly $50,000 on food and wine in two years and even more attending performances like "Legally Blonde." Wallace argues the money was spent forging community relationships, but the governor questions that and wants a thorough review. The governor's call for a closer look is raising more concerns on campus among students.

"It's a big mess. I don't know how to feel about it. It's too complicated," said one student.

Action News did some digging and found big changes could be in store for the state college. We made calls to the governor's office and learned Gov. Scott hasn't ruled out getting rid of the nine members that make up FSCJ's Board of Trustees. It's the same board that just approved a new $1.2 million parachute for resigning president Dr. Wallace. In an email, a spokesperson for the governor says before making any decisions, "We would like to see the outcome of the IG investigation."

Action News also uncovered new concerns about the firm hired to look at Pell Grant mistakes. Its recommendation lead to the unpaid suspension of four people. Right now, those suspensions are on hold because of questions surrounding the company's audit.

We did ask how much the college paid for that firm to do the audit. So far, we don't have that answer. We also learned six of the nine board members still have to officially be appointed by the state senate. That won't happen until the legislature convenes again. We have reached out to our local representatives on whether the governor's probe will affect that. We are still waiting to hear back from them.

The governor has also asked the inspector general to look at all contracts of presidents in the state college system. Count on Action News to get answers from the governor during his visit to Ponte Vedra Beach on Friday.

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