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Manatee superintendent recommends firing 5 administrators

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The jobs of five school administrators in Manatee County could be in jeopardy.

It's related to a groping scandal involving former Manatee assistant football coach Rod Frazier.

The superintendent is now recommending they all be fired – including the ex-principal of Manatee High (Robert Gagnon), two former assistant principals (Greg Faller, Matt Kane), a former investigator for the school district (Deborah Horne) and the former assistant superintendent (Scott Martin).

Those people are now in different roles in the district.

The fallout comes after the five allegedly failed to investigate the allegations against Frazier, who faces seven counts of battery for groping students and staff at Manatee High.

In a statement, Superintendent Rick Mills said:

"All employees of this district are expected to make students their primary professional concern," he said.  "Moreover, as leaders, district administrators have a paramount responsibility to meet the expectations of providing a safe and secure environment for students and staff. Unfortunately, the findings of the Frazier investigation reflect that these administrators failed to fulfill these obligations, causing me to lose all confidence in their abilities to serve as administrators in this district.  I further found that just cause exists to terminate their employment."

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