Mills Bought Out By Manatee School Board
Manatee County Superintendent of Schools Rick Mills will work only through Tuesday, following a decision by Manatee School Board members to buy out the last five months of his contract. The board voted 4-1 to fulfill the request from Mills, who previously announced he would retire at the end of July.
Mills has been at odds with the School Board over personel decisions, and strife worsened after School Board chairman Julie Aranibar, who supported Mills' work, was booted from office in a November election and replaced with Mary Cantrell. Mills was hired two years ago at an annual salary of $183,500.