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Clay County school board wants state to investigate superintendent

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Updated: 10/31/2013 12:00 am
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.

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clay voice - 10/31/2013 9:08 AM
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There is no cost to file an ethics complaint. "Zero". Someone at the meeting said, "You can't talk your way out of what you've behaved yourself into." They should have said, "Rollins can't talk Junior's way out..." District communications are a matter of public record. Sometimes, wrong-doing is found not through what IS on record, but what is NOT. MATT SHIRK will likely go down because he tried to remove/hide information. Sure, he did some despicable things and used his office to do so. But, trying to hide it? That was his downfall. Junior Van Zant? We will see. Kudos to the Board for turning this over to the State for investigation.

Realchange - 10/31/2013 12:17 AM
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How is it there is ethic complaint here but not one for Corey behavior concealing Trayvon Martins activities that showed his violent attack first and make snitches bleed attitude. One should also be lodged with Judge Nelson as well. Anyone that reviews the REAL Trayvon Martin's past should be shocked by these two women's actions. Intentionally concealing Martin's past showing violence and criminal activity to get a conviction at all costs. Ethics not violated in their cases? How would you like to have to defend yourself find out the man who attacked you was involved in numerous fights for minor reasons. Out shopping for street guns so he can make snitches bleed. Then find out the prosecutor and Judge both lied to the juror so you went to jail ?
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