FLEMING ISLAND, Fla.-- A local school board voted to send a letter to the state about an investigation into its superintendent.
"It's time for the board to call for an investigation," said one taxpayer on Wednesday. With a 3-1 vote, the school board listened to taxpayers. The Clay County School District will now formally file an ethics complaint with the state and ask the governor to investigate Superintendent Charlie Van Zant. "Anyone can send a letter," said district spokesman Gavin Rollins.
The superintendent didn't show up to defend himself, instead sending Rollins. Rollins says the superintendent has only students best interests in mind and will return to work as normal tomorrow.
"He's going to probably kiss his wife and then go back to work for the students in Clay County," said Rollins.
This latest battle stems from a controversial education conference. It's just one in a long battle between the school board and superintendent. The battle has already has cost taxpayers thousands of dollars in lawsuits and taken money out of classrooms. "Every penny counts in this district," said board member Janice Kerekes.
Kerekes said they have a duty to hold the superintendent accountable for how the district operates. "If we suspect something is illegal or unethical, we need a higher body to look into it," said Kerekes.
Now with an official request to investigate, some taxpayers say it's just wasting more people's time and money. "Those who investigate will see nothing was wrong," said Raymond Johnson.
Board member Johnna McKinnon was not at the meeting. Board member Lisa Graham voted against sending the letter to the ethics committee.