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Manatee school board suspends three without pay, two resign in Rod Frazier investigation

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The Manatee County School Board suspended three employees without pay on Monday night for not fully investigating former Manatee High assistant football coach Rod Frazier, who’s accused of inappropriately touching students and teachers.

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Frazier resigned months ago.

The attorneys for former Manatee High Principal Robert Gagnon, former Assistant Principals Greg Faller and Matthew Kane say they are caught in the middle and not guilty of the charges against them.

Superintendent Rick Mills wants to fire them.  

Related story: Five Manatee school administrators recommended to be fired

Monday evening’s proceedings were part of the firing process. Board members were to decide if the men should be stripped of their paychecks, until formally terminated later this month.

Originally, the board was to take up firing five employees. But late Monday afternoon, Deborah Horne and Scott Martin resigned.

"What happens when their homes are foreclosed on? What happens when they have financial ruins? The school board will be responsible for those damages," Attorney for Gagnon, Richard Reinhart told the board.

"It seems like the right thing to do would be allow him to continue to get paid until he has a chance to go through his due process rights," said Greg Galler's Attorney Jon Weiffenbach.

"What he is charged with in the criminal case, is knowingly failing to report suspected child abuse. He did not ever knowingly fail to report suspected child abuse," said Matthew Kane's Attorney Brett McIntosh.

Despite protests of not giving them due process the board suspended all three without pay.

"This man has had a long history of education, and excellence in education. He is not incompetent," said Reinhart.

The suspended employees have until Oct. 25 to appeal the decision. In the meantime, each has legal charges to contend with, which their lawyers are promising to fight.

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