The Manatee County school board election unfolding is intriguing to watch. It's time we identify the "shenanigan gang." Because of the actions of our new administration, local law enforcement and state attorney, the scandals in football and baseball at Manatee High came to light and were dispatched.
Much of that is history and the school's athletic director, Joe Kinnan, unfortunately got his fingerprints on it and was given a 10-day suspension. He became indignant and requested a hearing at the state Department of Education.
Then his brother, Harry Kinnan, who was on the board for 18 years and its chairman when the administration collapsed in 2012, joined the fight to guard the Kinnan name.
Then Gene Gallo and Gene Brown, huge athletic boosters of MHS, got upset that their icon, Joe Kinnan, was found out.
Eddie Mullock, another big booster who announces football games, climbed on board with Walter Miller and Larry Simmons.
They were determined to find candidates to run against incumbents Julie Aranibar and Karen Carpenter. They found another previous board member who needs a job, Frank Brunner, and a disgruntled former teacher/administrator, Mary Cantrell.
But oops, neither candidate lived in their respective district. No problem! They just rented addresses to technically qualify.
Thus, we have four previous board members who were on the board when the whole mess of our district occurred now meeting frequently and trying to gain traction to push their two carpetbagging candidates through the process.
There are some in the community who think the four previous board members are simply trying to disrupt the present administration and stop the audits and investigations before they are implicated.
It's a shame because despite their shortfalls, they are fine folks and need to allow the school district to heal instead of playing their shenanigans.