BRADENTON -- With the acceptance of rulings from administrative judges, the Manatee County School District is expected to formally end ties with two former employees on Tuesday.
Gregg Faller and Matthew Kane, both former Manatee High School assistant principals, were fired by the district in September 2013 for their failure to report suspicions of child abuse in the Roderick Frazier case. The two men, who were also brought up on criminal charges, fought the district's ruling through separate administrative hearings.
Both administrative hearings concluded in August and September, and judges in both cases said the district had just cause to fire
Faller and Kane.
The Manateee County School Board is set to approve the administrative judge rulings during Tuesday's meeting and Faller and Kane will officially be fired from the district. Since the district had just cause to fire both men, the district will not owe them back pay or benefits.
"It is the conclusion of the administrative complaints after all due process considerations," said Mitchell Teitelbaum, the staff attorney for the district.
In April, Frazier pleaded no contest to four counts of battery and two counts of interference with student attendance. As part of the plea agreement, the state dropped three counts of battery and one count of interference with a student's attendance.
Three other administrators were also brought on criminal charges in connection to the case.
Bob Gagnon, a former Manatee High School principal and assistant superintendent, was cleared of criminal charges and an administrative judge also found that the district did not have just cause to fire Gagnon.
The district has since reimbursed Gagnon his back pay and benefits and for the legal fees he paid during his criminal trial in June.
During the criminal trial in June, Kane was found not guilty of one misdemeanor count of failing to report child abuse and one felony count of failing to report child abuse.
In the same trial, Faller was acquitted on a felony charge of failing to report, but he was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of failing to report suspicions of child abuse by Frazier, a former assistant football coach and parent liaison. Faller was sentenced to one day of non-reporting probation and ordered to pay court costs.
Faller's lawyers filed an amended motion on Aug. 27 after the judge's ruling asking for a new trial and the court to acquit Faller of the misdemeanor charge. The judge subsequently denied the motion.
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter @MeghinDelaney.