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Clay County superintendent sues school board

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Updated: 7/25/2013 8:24 pm

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- The Clay County superintendent is taking the school board to court.

Charlie Van Zant announced Thursday night he filed an appeal with the court to look at a decision made by the school board last month. The Clay County School Board chair didn't hide her feelings about the school superintendent at the meeting.

You could feel the tension mounting as the board and superintendent went head to head.

"Do you believe you're above the law," asked Van Zant.

"If you have a problem, call me. We'll talk about it," said chairwoman Carol Studdard.

It comes down to one sentence. It's a sentence the school board voted to change in a job description last month. The superintendent says they couldn't legally do that. Now he's taking the board to court.

"I would have no respect if I didn't stand up and say whoa, we can't do this," said Van Zant.

While some board members pleaded to reconsider spending nearly $100,000 in legal fees, others stood by last month's vote.

Even those who were in the audience say the money is better spent on the kids. The board voted 3-2 to hire an attorney to handle the court case.

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