Manatee elementary school executive director appointees await board approval

jajones1@bradenton.comApril 19, 2014 

MANATEE -- Manatee School Board members are set to approve two executive directors of elementary schools Tuesday during the regular school board meeting.

They are Annette Codelia, principal of Bayshore Elementary School; and Wayne Green, a regional director for the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee.

Pay for the position is $115,265, according to school board documents.

In his current job, Green works with teams that develop improvement plans for low-performing schools, said Cheryl Etters, press secretary for the Florida Department of Education.

Low-performing schools are those that earn a D or F school grade, she said.

Codelia would begin her new job on May 1. Green's appointment would be effective June 1, Steve Valley, district director of Communications and Family/Community Engagement, wrote in an email.

Last summer, the school board approved Mills' reorganization plan that added seven new jobs and revamped several others. Mills said he needed the changes to address the serious challenges facing the school district.

Among Mills' notable prior appointments are Diana Greene as deputy superintendent of instruction, Cynthia Saunders as executive director of middle schools and high schools, and most recently, Rebecca Roberts, 51, as dis

trict finance officer.

A third senior management appointee, Willie Campbell, would become director of purchasing effective Tuesday at a salary of $95,000 a year. Campbell replaces Dale Boling, who has retired.

Also set for approval is the appointment of Mitchell Teitelbaum as staff attorney at a salary of $110,000 a year, replacing Scott Martin who resigned in the wake of the Rod Frazier controversy in 2013. Teitelbaum's appointment would be effective May 1.

Frazier, a former Manatee High coach and parent liaison, resigned in 2013 after being suspended pending an investigation of allegations of improper contact with students and other staff members at Manatee High School.

He was later charged with seven misdemeanor counts of battery and three counts of school interference.

Assistant school superintendent Robert Gagnon, and former Manatee High School assistant principals Greg Faller and Matthew Kane face criminal charges in the Frazier case. They are accused of failing to report suspicions of child abuse.

Martin was not charged in the Frazier case, and resigned after being recommended for termination by the school district in October

The most recent appointments reflect an ongoing reorganization of school district leadership under Mills.

Mills was sworn in March 20, 2013, replacing former superintendent Tim McGonegal, who resigned abruptly following the disclosure of $3.4 million budget deficit.

Mills and School Board Chairwoman Julie Aranibar recently filed a formal complaint with the state, asking for an investigation of school district finances under McGonegal.

The Florida Department of Education has requested more information about the complaint from the Manatee School District, Etters said Thursday.

The school board meets 3 p.m. Tuesday for a workshop, followed by the regular meeting at 5:45 p.m.

James A. Jones Jr., Herald reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter @jajones1.

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