JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- State leaders are calling for a top to bottom review of Florida State College at Jacksonville.
The school's former president, Stephen Wallace, resigned in the wake of a financial aid scandal.
In the fallout of the scandal, State Sen. Oelrich is calling on State Attorney Angela Corey to initiate a Grand Jury investigation. When Action News asked if that was a possibility, a spokesperson with the State Attorney’s Office said "Grand Jury proceedings are confidential. Ms. Corey cannot discuss Grand Jury investigations or the possibility of one."
Action News went to attorney Harry Shorstein for some insight. The former State Attorney says investigating the issues at FSCJ is ideal for a Grand Jury.
"We're talking about a public official and the expenditure of public funds," said Shorstein. "Not just related to the termination or package given to Wallace but to other issues that the media has reported about, improprieties or questionable actions taken by the Florida State College."
Meantime, the board of trustees cut President Wallace's contract by six months, making his total severance $1 million instead of $1.2 million. But Shorstein says more needs to be done at FSCJ. He says a Grand Jury investigation would give taxpayers the transparency they deserve.
"It would outline what has occurred if there was wrongdoing. It would point out the wrongdoing," said Shorstein. "Equally, or more importantly, it would end with recommendations for the state college to go forward in a different direction."