Administrators in Frazier case announce resignations

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BRADENTON, Fla. - Two Manatee County School administrators caught up in the Rod Frazier case have resigned. Debra Horne and Scott Martin have announced they will resign effective November 2nd.

Horne was a lead investigator at the Office of Professional Standards and Martin was a staff attorney with the district.

The school board was planning to decide Monday night on whether they and three other school administrators involved in the case should be suspended without pay. The school board meeting got underway at 5pm.

Former Manatee High assistant coach Rod Frazier is accused of having inappropriate contact with underage students.

The allegations surfaced last November. Since then it's been a long road of both internal and criminal investigations that have led up to Monday night. The first allegations surfaced when the victim, a former student, told school officials she'd had inappropriate contact with Frazier, who now faces misdemeanor battery charges.

"To me it’s crazy. It’s really surprising that I’m here defending misdemeanors," said Frazier’s attorney in July.

When word first broke of the alleged misconduct, district officials promised a complete investigation. “We take all matters with concern around suspected abuse either with our students or with our employees very seriously," said Superintendent Rick Mills in July.

As the investigation continued through 2013, four district officials were charged with criminal conduct. They include former Manatee High School principal Bob Gagnon, former Manatee High assistant principals Gregg Faller and Matthew Kane, and district investigator Horne.

"Any charges involving an employee of the school district is cause for great concern," said Superintendent Mills in August.

The findings of the district's internal investigation were released last week. Internal investigators determined that school officials had demonstrated immorality, misconduct in office, incompetence, and willful neglect of duty.

The report indicates there was an effort made "to protect the image of Rod Frazier and his importance to the football team as a coach."

Now, almost a year after the misconduct was reported, these three administrators wait to see if they lose their paychecks, and possibly their jobs.

If they lose their paychecks, they will have two weeks to appeal the decision and ask for an administrative hearing.

Superintendent Mills has recommended that each of them be fired.