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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 11:33 am | Updated: 12:41 pm, Mon Feb 10, 2014.

BRADENTON - The superintendent of Manatee County Schools announced his plans Thursday to recommend the termination of five school administrators following an investigation into professional misconduct.

The district has notified those five school officials of the district’s plans.

The investigation centers around allegations that the five did not notify the proper authorities about alleged misconduct between Manatee High assistant high coach Rod Frazier and a female student.

Last month, four of the five administrators were charged with a felony for failing to report child abuse. Fraizer has resigned his position and faces a misdemeanor charge. All have plead not guilty.

The five administrators are:

Robert Gagnon, Assistant Superintendent (and former Principal at Manatee High School)

Greg Faller, Assistant Principal at Palmetto High School (and former Assistant Principal at Manatee High School)

Matt Kane, Assistant Principal at Southeast High School (and former Assistant Principal at Manatee High School)

Deborah Horne, Assistant Principal at Robert H. Prine Elementary School (and former Investigator in the Office of Professional Standards)

Scott Martin, Staff Attorney (and former Assistant Superintendent)

In a statement released Thursday, Superintendent Rick Mills says: “The District remains vigilant in ensuring the safety of all students and employees and has already taken steps to prevent these issues from arising again in the future.

The recommended terminations will be addressed by the school board at their next meeting slated for October 14th.

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