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Clay County Superintendent Charlie Van Zant investigated by the Clay County School Board

12:17 PM, Oct 24, 2013   |    comments
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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- An internal investigation into the Clay County Superintendent is underway.

The action Superintendent Charlie Van Zant takes to continue to support the Dare to Think conference is concerning, according to Janice Kereks, District one Clay County school board member press release.

The release said the School Board is taking action to disassociate the county schools from the event because it is a private, partisan political event that should not be funded by taxpayer monies.

To address the issue Chairman Carol Studdard has called for a special Clay County School Board meeting that is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30 at 5 p.m. in the Fleming Island High School teacher training center. The meeting comes two weeks after the Oct. 15 meeting, which the board voted unanimously to disassociate entirely from the "Dare to Think" conference.

The release says the Superintendent has failed to abide by the vote.

"I will do whatever it takes to uphold the public trust placed in our schools," said Kereks. "This issue must be fully discussed by the School Board to determine if any violations of state or federal laws have occurred or if any ethics violations have taken place."

A statement from Renna Lee Paiva Clay County Education Associated President says:

The Clay County Education Association is pleased to hear that the Clay County School Board is finally taking further action to investigate the potential violation of law(s) that have occurred here and to hold Superintendent Van Zant accountable for his actions. The Superintendent and a single Board member have treated the taxpayer's money as if it were their personal expense account and have behaved in a manner that must be addressed by the School Board.

If a teacher were to violate the law or School Board policy, they would be reprimanded and punished, up to and including suspension, termination and loss of one's certificate. The administrators, superintendent and school board must be held to the same standard as teachers.

The School Board must investigate the actions of the Superintendent and his staff. During the October 15th general meeting several individuals admitted, on the record, wrongdoing and failure to abide by established policies. The School Board was elected to protect the public treasury and provide a quality education for all students. It is vital the School Board remedy this situation and ensures no abuse of authority has taken place. If and when laws are broken we demand accountability.

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