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FSCJ calls emergency board meeting

10:08 AM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An emergency Board Meeting at FSCJ has been called for Tuesday at 10am.

"It doesn't make you proud to say, "I'm going to FSCJ, oh, that's the school in the news," said student Mike Milton.

Students at FSCJ, a state funded college, say the negative spotlight on their campus is starting to hurt.

For the past six months, the school has dealt with allegations about misuse of student funds, out-of-control travel budgets, and poor management from the top.

President Steven Wallace has defended himself and the school from the start, but he could step down by the close of tomorrow's meeting.

"It's derogatory, especially when you're a student here, I can't imagine what it does to the faculty," said Milton.  

Students say they want a strong leader at the helm, and they want to know what's going on.

In advance of Tuesday's meeting, board members sent a number of emails to each other talking about everything from the sunshine laws, to criticizing Governor Rick Scott to a possible severance package for President Stephen Wallace.

Wallace makes more than $300,000 a year, and would be looking at a payout of more than $800,000 if he were terminated.

But the board has not said anything publicly about its intentions at Tuesday's meeting- and students say they're being left in the dark.

"This is our education on the line, and if anything were to effect that would we have to go to a new school? Or change what we're doing at the school," said student Paula Harrington

Governor Rick Scott has called for a top down review of FSCJ.

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