Fla. District to Undergo Independent Audit as Interim Superintendent Named

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Robert Gagnon, who was named an assistant superintendent just six months ago, is now serving as the interim superintendent of schools as the Manatee County School Board searches for a superintendent who can clean up the mess Tim McGonegal left behind with an immediate resignation Monday.

The district is dealing with a major deficit that will require a state-approved plan to fix, the finances are in disarray as the public calls on external auditors to come in and figure out who financial leaders forgot to include expenses for teachers and textbooks in the school budget and the board is fractured as the public has lost confidence in the school district.

At Monday night's meeting Dave Miner, who is running for a seat on the school board, objected to Gagnon's appointment as interim superintendent because McGonegal chose Gagnon as the interim.

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