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Huron board OKs two resolutions relating to Fox investigation

Jessica Cuffman • Mar 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM

School board members met behind closed doors Saturday morning to discuss legal issues surrounding the Fred Fox investigation and the Kevin Asher lawsuit.

The Huron Schools board of education and two attorneys met for an hour and 45 minutes while eight people waited to see whether they'd take any formal action after their discussion.

By a vote of 3 to 2, they did approve two resolutions, one to rescind a motion passed at their regular August meeting and the other to approve a new version of that motion.

The move clarified the board's approval to waive attorney-client privilege, so three law firms can share information regarding the investigation and the lawsuit.

McGown and Markling conducted the investigation into allegations made against superintendent Fred Fox, which ultimately lead the board to initiate termination proceedings against him and to place him on paid leave June 19.

The law firm will now be able to share that investigation with Spengler, Nathanson and Hanna, as well as Campbell and Powell, two other law firms playing roles in the investigation and the lawsuit.

The board also approved language to allow the investigation to be shared with the Ohio Ethics Commission and any of that agency's investigators.

Board members have said the investigation already was delivered to the ethics commission.

In past meetings, the board also voted to send the investigation to the state auditor and the state board of education.

Spokesmen for both those agencies have told the Register they can neither confirm, nor deny whether they received the investigation or if they are otherwise investigating Fox.

Board president Scott Slocum said after Saturday's meeting the board chose to meet then because that's when each of the attorneys needed for the discussion could be present.

He declined to comment on the status of the termination proceedings the board voted earlier this year to initiate against Fox.

Fox is accused of having an improper business relationship with Kalahari Resorts CEO Todd Nelson, evidenced by Fox accepting discounted rooms, free golf and other alleged gifts when visiting the business' Wisconsin Dells resort.

Board member Kevin Asher filed a lawsuit against the board of education to keep the district from paying the $50,000 bill from McGown and Markling.

He alleges the report is biased and slanted purposefully against Fox.

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