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Three Manatee schools administrators suspended; two quit


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The Manatee County school district’s investigation into alleged misconduct by a football coach has resulted in two administrators stepping down and three others being suspended without pay.

Former district investigator Debra Horne retired and former staff attorney Scott Martin resigned before Monday night’s school board meeting.

During the meeting, the board voted 5-0 to suspend assistant superintendent Bob Gagnon, and former Manatee High assistant principals Matthew Kane and Gregg Faller.

Gagnon, Kane, Faller and Horne have been criminally charged with failure to report child abuse in the wake of a scandal involving former Manatee High assistant coach Rod Frazier. Kane and Gagnon were also charged with providing false information to police.

Frazier, who was also a parent liaison at Manatee High, was accused of inappropriately touching students and teachers. He faces seven counts of misdemeanor battery and three counts of interfering with a student’s attendance. He resigned from his position in July.

Superintendent Rick Mills previously recommended that all five administrators be fired for not fully investigating allegations against Frazier.

Suspension without pay is required before the board could vote on termination. The suspended administrators have until Oct. 25 to request a hearing on Mills’ recommendation, according to News Channel 8.

Attorneys for Gagnon, Faller and Kane told the school board Monday their clients were not guilty and planned to fight the charges.

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