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

Browndog271

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Charger85

yea im the first person to ever make a grammatical error on an online forum, way to avoid the issue Bull, it seems your type is good at those sorts of things.

Browndog271

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The tt

If people have a problem with Krabill running for more than one election in his lifetime, than an equal number of stones could be thrown at Koonce.  The man's sour grapes are undeniable; late on election night, he was moaning to Matt Westerhold.

Man of the Republic

Say what you will about Krabill, but no one can argue that the man is anything but fiscally sound. He has always had the school system's back and has always sought to do things as cost effectively as possible. That means voting not to let go property worth hundreds of thousands go for a few bucks to a dunce like Koonce.

sanduskysteve

If you also will notice it was Koonce's three buddies that voted yes.  The only one that voted no is the one Koonce is picking on with no reason to be doing so.

LuckysaintClaire

This is an good example of the cancer that is growing in our school district. No its not Mr Koonce. In fact Mr Koonce might be the only person who can deliver our children from this evil. This evil has been growing for three years now and its time to stop it before more damage is done. I don’t always agree with his methods, nor have I voted for the candidates he has endorsed. Questioning Mr Krabill's in open forum was not appropriate. However, I think Mr Koonce should take his line of questioning a step further and ask the Superintendent of the school district if he has applied for the position in Lorain. If this is the case, what does it say about his commitment to the Children of the Sandusky City Schools and his ability to deal with the cancer growing within the school district.How much damage will be done before someone steps in.

 

bullwinkle

@charger - stop crying would you!  I addressed the issue.  Dr Koonce has a right to ask the question.  Notice Krabill's face is all red?  You called me ignorant but you start crying when you are called out!  WOW!!  I agree with Schwanger's post.  Nice job Dr Koonce!  We know your type don't we chargerette!  lol

super fan

even my peoples dont be careing whats koocey has to say

Charger85

I'm crying Bull? hahaha thats rich. Seeing how you're running to the defense and whining along with Sour Grapes Koonce. He didn't get his way and he is trying to call Krabill out on an issue that he has no business in. The only "cancer" in this town are people who worry so much about what everyone else is doing and don't worry about whats goin on in their own house.

bullwinkle

@chargerette - steal my comment?  wow - why don't you come up with your own thought??  I see you are still crying.  Bottom line -  Dr Koonce can ask the question - we live in a free country!!  Now dry your eyes and move on!  Does anyone think Krabill has a chance at winning??   NO! 

Charger85

Another classic ignorant lib argument from Bull! Allow me to do a rereading of our founding documents to try and discover where it says that all men have the unalienable rights of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of sticking their noses in their neighbors business." The free society that you are using for your defense is the same free society Jeff Krabill lives in. Krabill can run for whatever office he pleases and lose a thousand times if he chooses. Its not your business, my business, Sour Grape Koonce's business, or anyone's business to tell him he cant. If Koonce really has an issue, then he should do it the man's way and take Krabill aside and discuss his issue with him in person. Then they can talk it out man to man, but when you call him out in front of everyone it shows that you have a hidden agenda yourself.

Man of the Republic

To assert that Mr. Krabill has no chance at winning the Treasurer's spot seems a little unfair. I think that with some of the nonsense that has been going on in that office, Jeff has a pretty good shot in this race. Really, anyone that is questioning Jeff's decision to run is doing him a disservice. He is a good man that does so much for the City and the Schools. You are entitled to your opinions, but what Koonce did, and the manner in which he did it, was pretty immature and unjust. 

bullwinkle

@chargerette - OMG - stop with all the crying!!  Read the First Amendment!!  Once you have read that you may (I doubt it ) understand why Dr Koonce is allowed to ask that question!  Now I ask you, who is truly the ignorant one??  Why you, of course.  Do all of us a favor and go blot your tears - its not how a man handles things!  lol

remembering

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  Just because your opinion does not agree with others, must you resort to name calling??  @charger - give it up man - let others have their opinion.  Discuss things like a man!  In my opinion, I don't much care for Krabill.  I had him as an instructor at Frielands and was not impressed at all.  He has run for many many offices (which he surely is entitled too) but without success, with the exception of the boe.  The fact he has not had success, speaks volumes.  However, let him run again, but at least be upfront with the boe.  The way he handled it does not look good at all.  Could Dr Koonce have handled it differently?  Sure, but it was his right to ask it how and when he did.  I do think the question needed to be asked.  Krabill's response was weak - he seemed to stumble with his words.  It really has me wondering. 

Hmm

Bullwinkle, its not that Koonce doesn't have the RIGHT to ask the question.  Of course he does.  But his asking the question makes him look silly, as if he thinks being a school board member is a full time job.  If other board members seek new full time jobs, will he question all of them publicly?

Man of the Republic

I think that Charger, despite his inability to use any tact whatsoever, has a point. Koonce may be entitled to his opinion, but its not really his job as a school board member to start policing the other members of the board. Just because I have a first amendment right to do something doesn't mean it is at all proper to do something in every situation. One can't simply yell "fire" in a movie theatre. Furthermore, as a matter of propriety, one should be kept to class and respect in the workplace and on committees such as the school board. With that being said, I think that Koonce was way out of line to do something like that, and if Krabill stumbles over his words then its simply because he shouldn't have to be prepared to defend himself when there are far more pressing issues facing SCS.

remembering

The big difference is shouting fire in a crowded movie theatre is against the law, but Dr Koonce's question is not.  I really don't think it made him look silly.  To be fair, how do we know if Dr Koonce asked him one to one and didn't get an answer?  It is not about the boe being a full time job.  If, before the election, Krabill came out and said he was running for county office as well, would he have won the boe seat?  The voters might have cast their vote for someone else.  In my opinion, it was a fair question.  I would have rather had Krabill be up front about his intentions.  It just doesn't look good.  He seemed so uneasy answering the question - playing with his pen the whole time.  Also, has it been determined if he can be on the boe and hold a county office?  Can he be on the boe and run for a county office?  Is this a conflict of interest?  Stay tuned.

czechurself

remembering...you might not have known it but YOU hit the nail right on the head.  Good work. 

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