Five face firing in Manatee coach scandal

Employees accused in cover up of Rod Frazier case


Five administrators from the Manatee County School District will find out whether they still have jobs Monday afternoon, as the school board will consider their alleged involvement in a cover up involving former Manatee High School Assistant  Football Coach Rod Frazier.


Frazier is accused of child abuse and inappropriate sexual conduct with students and staff, and the five employees in question are accused of not reporting the abuse to authorities, or improperly handling the investigation into the accusations against Frazier.


Before the meeting even started, Investigator Debra Horne and Staff Attorney Scott Martin resigned from their positions.  Former Manatee High School Principal Bob Gagnon, former Assistant Principal Matthew Kane, former Assistant Principal Gregg Faller are still being recommended for termination by District Superintendent Rick Mills.


"Lying during an investigation or false statements is very much of a concern," Mills said during a news conference in September.


"As a school district it is our responsibility to make that our highest priority, the safety and security of our students and our employees," Mills said.


The school board is scheduled to meet at 5:45 p.m., and several of the named employees have already said they will fight the decision if they're terminated.

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