St. Johns County charter school president resigns

First Coast Technical College under scrutiny for testing, HR, finances


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The president of First Coast Technical College, a charter school in St. Augustine, resigned from her position Wednesday.

Sandra Fortner sent a letter to college officials notifying them that her resignation is in effect immediately.

Last month, the board of FCTC suspended its president, Sandra Fortner, along with two other administrators amid allegations of $600,000 in unpaid bills, testing irregularities and issues with teacher qualifications.

In the letter, Fortner said she appreciated the opportunity to serve as the college’s chief financial officer from 2001 to 2012 and as president from July 2012 to May 2016.

An interim president has been named.

The St. Johns County School district is investigating the allegations of irregularities in FCTC's administrative and reporting practices.

FCTC provides technical, career and adult education. As a charter school, FCTC it is part of the St. Johns County School District, but it has its own board of directors and operates autonomously.

The district is holding a special board meeting to reveal the findings of their investigation on June 14.

About the Author: