ORANGE PARK, Fla.-- A local school superintendent is under fire again.
An Internet page has Clay County school board members feeling left out about how taxpayer money is being spent.
"It's unfortunate things are being hidden and kept from the board," said Chairman Carol Studdard.
We've learned the Dare to Think event is a collaboration between a group called the Report Card and Superintendent Charlie Van Zant. It's an event several board members we talked to knew nothing about.
"It's a concern when there is a co- sponsorship, or agreement made without the board knowledge," said Studdard.
We went to district spokesman Gavin Rollins to find out why several board members knew nothing about the superintendent's plan. "We partner with lots of organizations," said Rollins.
Rollins said not every one is required to be approved by the board. "The superintendent acted within his role," said Rollins.
This isn't the first the time the superintendent has spent money without telling the board about it. As we told you last month, a motivational speaker filed a $7,000 lawsuit, saying a contract was broken by the district. But the board voted the contract down, before the speaker ever came. The district maintains there was no contract.
The school board president said the board can't afford to keep having these battles with the superintendent. "It's embarrassing that I even have to talk to you today," said Studdard.
We've learned the head of the organization, Bill Korach, who is also vice chair of the St. Johns County Republican Executive Committee, paid back the $2,000 to the district. The school board is set to talk about this educational conference at its meeting Tuesday.