CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- There is no pending investigation regarding the Dare to Think conference and Superintendent Charlie Van Zant, according to a release from Clay County School Board Public Relations Officer Gavin Rollins.
In her own release, District One Clay County school board member Janice Kerekes disputes that statement, claiming the superintendent failed to abide by an Oct. 15 vote, when the board unanimously decided to disassociate entirely from the Dare to Think conference.
Chairman Carol Studdard has called for a special Clay County School Board meeting to be held Wednesday, October 30 at 5 p.m. in the Fleming Island High School Teacher Training Center to discuss the issue.
Rollins' release indicates that the Clay County School District has no financial or contractual relationship with the Dare to Think conference, and Rollins says no taxpayer funds are going to sponsor this event.
However, the event's website displays a logo that reads, "Sponsored by the Clay County School District and the Report Card." The Eventbrite page for the event has a similar logo but the wording is slightly different. The logo on that page reads,"Sponsored by Clay County School Superintendent Charlie Van Zant and The Report Card."
Still, Rollins maintains that it's not abnormal for Van Zant to partner with "civic-minded community groups," citing partnerships with local museums and veterans organizations as an example of that. Rollins says the event is one of many ways Van Zant "is seeking to encourage a renewed emphasis on the teaching of American history."
A quote Rollins says Van Zant uses from President Ronald Reagan ends the release: "We should teach an informed patriotism, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions."
First Coast News