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College Prez Gets Heat For Concert Funds

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (AP) — Some trustees of Daytona State College say they were kept in the dark about $1.26 million in school money that was used to help pay for Usher, the Jonas Brothers and other singers to come to Daytona Beach for a recent concert.

The trustees say college president Kent Sharples should have gotten their approval before he fronted the money to a community arts group that put on the concert. Many of the trustees didn't know about the expenditure until they were contacted this week by a reporter for Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The Daytona Beach college expected to be repaid quickly, and has already been reimbursed more than $1 million.

School officials say helping the arts group put on the American Music Festival over Labor Day weekend is consistent with the school's mission of supporting the arts and creating economic development.