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Critical governor faces dismissal

A GOVERNOR faces being removed from a college board after criticising the way its principal was sacked in the press.

Governors at Blackpool sixth form college will be asked to vote to remove Bill Dickinson, an employment expert, who claims his colleagues failed to follow procedure in sacking Chris Fulford.

Mr Fulford, 68, and the college have refused to comment on the full reasons given for his dismissal but they are believed to include disputed expenses claims.

Mr Fulford is taking his case to an industrial tribunal, claiming unfair dismissal and breach of contract, and Mr Dickinson has complained to the Department for Education and Employment.

Graham Curry, a governor, has written to the chairman, John McGlynn, recommending Mr Dickinson is removed.

"Our own code of conduct does not allow any of us t publish articles about the college without the permission of the chairman," he says. "This governor is bringing the college into disrepute."

Mr McGlynn said: "A governor has expressed concern that Mr Dickinson has not observed the principle of collective responsibility but no action has been taken at this stage."

Mr Dickinson was not present when the "unanimous" decision to dismiss Mr Fulford was made. He left before the vote was taken.

The college was interviewing for a replacement for Mr Fulford this week. It is believed that Jeff Holland, the deputy principal, is one of the candidates. He has been acting principal since Mr Fulford's departure.

The A-level pass rate increased from less than 50 per cent to 92 per cent during Mr Fulford's reign and the number of students grew from 600 to 1,100.

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