Koonce, Krabill clash

Sandusky school board member Richard Koonce started the year off with a bang Monday when he asked fellow board member Jeff Krabill to explain his decision to run for county treasurer.
Annie Zelm
Jan 11, 2012

Sandusky school board member Richard Koonce started the year off with a bang Monday when he asked fellow board member Jeff Krabill to explain his decision to run for county treasurer.

Krabill, re-elected to the school board in November, has announced plans to run for the Erie County treasurer's spot.

Koonce said Krabill’s decision creates a perception he’s a politician first, merely occupying a seat on the board until he’s elected to the position he really wants.

Krabill, however, said Koonce is upset about the outcome of the November election, in which incumbent Tracy Shoemo and challengers Racquel Pace and Darwitt Garrett lost to newcomer Martha Stauffer Murray and incumbents Krabill and King Baer.

Said Krabill: “I just think there’s a better way to handle an election loss than the way Richard’s handling it. I’ve been around the block before, and I understand politics. This is political. I don’t worry too much about it.” 

Said Koonce: "I have a problem when partisan politics rule the day."

For more on this curious dispute, pick up Wednesday's Register.  

Comments

Darkhorse

Koonce has made an excellent point.  Krabill just got elected in by the voters for school board and he is out looking around for another job.  That to me, is a slap in the face to the very people that elected Mr. Krabill. If Krabill was that unhappy, why not bow out and give someone a chance at the school board seat that really wanted the job and wanted to make a difference. Krabill has just about submitted his name for every elected position in the area that you can imagine is open to him whether he is qualified or not.  The last one just recently was city manager, the one before that was State representative. Krabill needs to make up his mind what job he really wants and stick with it, at least until his school board seat is up for re-election again, at least give it that kind of respect.  Announcing his intention to run for another seat two months into his re-election, is an absolute insult.  

candlemaker

 school board positions are not full time  jobs   even though members dedicate many hours of their day to the service of their schools and community.  while it might be  unique to see a member pursue another elected position, it is not unusal to  have or  seek fulltime employment.  leave the politics out and work together  for  our kids.

candlemaker

 school board positions are not full time  jobs   even though members dedicate many hours of their day to the service of their schools and community.  while it might be  unique to see a member pursue another elected position, it is not unusal to  have or  seek fulltime employment.  leave the politics out and work together  for  our kids.

Hmm

This is silly.  If Krabill were seeking a new job in the public sector, would Koonce care?  Being on a board has nothing to do with what you do for a living. 

pntbutterandjelly

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cugs1

hey koonce, plain and simple, none of your business

donutshopguy

 Being on a school board is not a full-time occupation. If Mr. Krabill is elected treasurer there is no reason he won't or couldn't keep his position on the school board.

What's all the fuss about?

R U Serious

  Wow is it that hard to understand or what. The school board is a part time job that can and will be fulfilled with any full time job he may hold. I'm sure mister Koonce will agree that holding a full time job shouldn't interfere with the time neccesary to function properyl as a board member.

Hmm

Heck, it isn't even a PART TIME job.  Board member receive a small stipend for their time.

lifetimeresident

Thanks Rich, give them another reason to sterio type the black race.

Just Sayin IMHO

Maybe he did it because he's an adult and can do what he wants? Maybe he doens't see his seat on the board as settling, but as a learning tool to help him in office, should he be elected. Why does it always seem like when someone wants to better themselves, they are made to feel as tho they are screwing someone else over? Why cant they just be happy and support their colleague?

Erie Countian

I don't see why it would be a problem for Krabill to be county treasurer AND a school board member. Having said that, I am always amused by Mr. Krabill, always trying and trying to get elected for ANYTHING he can think of, but never quite getting there (except for the school board). He seems like a guy who is DESPERATE to hold some kind of political office.

EZOB

   Sandusky Residents, You think you have trouble with your board, I wish all of our Jack As#$@ would find another job.  They have never represented the will of the majority of the people.  After the screwing the Perkins board just gave all us residents, they could all resign.  It is costing all of us over 200 dollars a year immediately, we''ll get the exact number shortly.  I will "NEVER" patronize Schuster's Cookers or Perkins Pancake House again.  They just stole money from us plain and simple. 

perkinsandlynn

Krabill is not a politician, he is a wanna-be amatuer version of a politician.

SamAdams

I agree with Just Sayin IMHO. I DON'T agree with Mr. Koonce.

Right now, Koonce's only complaint is that Mr. Krabill decided to run for County Treasurer. Later on, if Krabill starts missing School Board meetings to attend campaign events, or if Krabill starts defaulting on some other Board member responsibilities because he's busy knocking on doors, I'll listen to what Koonce has to say. But right now? Sounds more like Koonce has a serious case of puckered lips from all of the sour grapes he's been ingesting.

Man of the Republic

Like Jeff says in the video, he wouldn't take over for another school year and a half! If he thinks that there is a need to fulfill in the community, then what place is it for any of us to question that? I don't call into question what Koonce does in his spare time... stop the complaining and just focus on yourselves.

Hmm

Krabill should have just said we all hold jobs outside this board position and left it at that. Even if the job starts tomorrow, its irellevent.

Browndog271

Koonce is only out for himself,  You saw he bought school buildings for almost nothing.

 

Krabill is a least educated and honorable

Charger85

What stake does Koonce have in this? Talk about being a politician first, then leave the politics off the table. All you're donig is taking the focus off the kids, and putting it on yourself. Krabill has a great track record of being their for that school system and those kids, what is your track record, Mr. Koonce?

wiredmama222

That meeting was NOT the forum for that discussion.  If he had a question like that it should have been brought up face to face with him OUTSIDE the meeting, not there. 

To what end did Koonz expect an answer or a purpose?  It seems that was nothing more than a question to raise a problem. 

Mr. Koonz, stick to your job to which you were elected.  That is NOT to police your fellow members, but to do the work of the school board.  It isn't your job to stick your nose into what other members may or may not do with their lives. 

You were WAY out of line and you should PUBLICALLY apologize, just like you PUBLICALLY insulted your fellow member.  And you should do it at the next meeting! 

After that, stick to what you were elected to do and nothing more.  Heaven knows, there is enough there to do. 

Man of the Republic

@Wired is right, it wasn't Koonce's place to call someone out in a public forum. It seems like there had to have been far greater issues to discuss at a Sandusky School Board meeting than whether a member wants to act on his right as an American and run for an office. It just goes to show whats wrong with people like this in Sandusky, people who want to stick their nose in other people's business.

Gull-iver

Krabill ran for Sandusky BOE in 1999  .

He resigned to get the tax abatement on his condos downtown. While he off the school board, his wife was appointed to a high up position in   Sandusky Adult Education.

He then re-ran for BOE, 'cause "kids come first". Then ran for OH-80. Now he's running for treasurer?

Looks like an agenda to me.

FruGalSpender

krabill voted against giving away the $5 schools to koonce.

sanduskysteve

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T. A. Schwanger

11:00 PM
Sep 14
2009  

SANDUSKY The agenda for tonight’s Sandusky school board meeting is a full one.

One item the board will vote on is the sale of the Barker, Campbell and Madison buildings. They would go up for auction Oct. 24.

The school board approved the sale 3-1. King Baer, Faith Denslow and Tom Patterson voted yes, while Jeff Krabill voted no and Tracy Shoemo abstained.

If I recall correctly, the elementary school buildings purchaed by Dr. Koonce were auctioned off to the highest bidder and bidding was open to everyone and advertised as such.

A tip of the hat to Dr. Koonce for his efforts.

Charger85

@ Gull... If he thinks he can make a difference in the Statehouse or in the Treasurer's office, then why shouldn't he run for it? He has always been a fine member in the community; agenda or not he has done alot for Sandusky and Erie County

bullwinkle

You forgot that Krabill ran for erie county commissioner and LOST that too.  He seems to run for everything and never wins except for boe.  What does that tell us???  Keep up the great work Dr Koonce! 

Charger85

@Bull sounds like a normal Sandusy ignorant claim. Keep up the good work Koonce, your nose deserves to be in everyone else's business because your life outside the School board is perfect.

Charger85

@Bull sounds like a normal Sandusy ignorant claim. Keep up the good work Koonce, your nose deserves to be in everyone else's business because your life outside the School board is perfect.

bullwinkle

@charger - ignorant??   Do you know the difference between the use of the word there and their?  It would appear you do not!  Who is the ignorant one??  Gull-iver said it best. DR Koonce has a right to ask what his intentions are.  Nice job Dr Koonce!

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