Principal is suspended pending expenses inquiry

31st March 2000 at 01:00
THE principal of Blackpool sixth-form college has been suspended on full pay pending an investigation into alleged financial irregularities.

Governors have not specified the reason for the suspension of Chris Fulford, 67, from his pound;83,000 job. They say it is not a disciplinary action but they will allow a full investigation to take place.

Deputy principal Jeff Holland has taken over in his absence.

Mr Fulford says he was suspended after a mix-up over a pound;30 mileage expenses claim and had promise to reimburse the college when the mistake came to light.

John McGlynn, the chair of governors, said he expected the investigation to be concluded within the next few weeks but would only add: "The comment attributed to Mr Fulford does have some bearing on the matter."

"Our primary concern is for the education of the 1,200 students and the morale of the staff. They are a little bit shaken by what has taken place. But it is absolutely business as usual."

By Harvey McGavin MIKE BENSON

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