Huron schools anticipate major budget shortfall

Administrators at Huron Schools said they could be face a $2 million shortfall by the end of the school year.
Jessica Cuffman
Oct 1, 2012

And while the district could plug the hole by dipping into its $7.7 million rainy day fund, that certainly wouldn’t be ideal.  

When treasurer Mike Weis presented the budget forecast at a meeting Tuesday, he laid out the bottom line: income simply can’t keep up with expenses, as state dollars, property taxes and grant funding continue to decline.

Weis said the gap could be closer to just $1.6 million, rather than $2 million, if income and expenses end up as he hopes.

“There are a lot of unknowns right now that I can’t guarantee,” he said.

To keep reading this story, pick up a copy of Monday's Register. 

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Tsu Dho Nimh

For those of you who do not think that Mr. Fox's use of the school email system is a big deal, please check out this link: http://toolsforteachersohio.word... This is from the Ohio Department of Education.

Fifty-five pages of PERSONAL email (many that make sexual innuendos) is not acceptable. Behavior unbecoming to the teaching profession is reason enough for termination. This is just ONE behavior that the board needed to address. The Arizona trip is another valid reason for termination. I have said all along that one offense could have warranted a reprimand but the board is within its legal authority to pursue termination. Could this situation been handled differently? Most likely it could have. I, too, am sickened by this whole mess. What sickens me the most is that two board members did not want to pursue disciplinary action at all. Would Mr. Sowecke have delivered the Markling Report to the OEC if Mr. Caporini and Mr. Asher had been cooperative in investigating Mr. Fox? Unfortunately, we will never know.

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TDN-
55 pages ? Wow !
So they needed to tell Fred Fox privately not to use his school email for personal business. Write him up. You and I are actually in agreement as to employees using business email for personal reasons. Heaven knows how many people post on here while using their company's computers. Firing someone for that would have to mean they totally disregarded a direct order not to use it while they were on company time. I still do not see the proof that Fred Fox was definitely on company time. And if he was.. Where's his warning ? Where's his write up ? It seems to me that in doing their due diligence that a publicly elected official may decide to do things by the book since their actions are actually viewed by the public ?

The Arizona trip is a whole other matter for which Fred Fox was reimbursed by the treasurer at the direction of board members. Where is Fred Fox's crime ?

And once again you have a problem with Asher and Caporini. It isn't that they didn't want to pursue disciplinary action.. They actually wanted to do it in a proper and legal manner.

Sowecke delivered the Markling report knowing full well he did not have the blessing of ANY other board member or the board's attorneys, (see that spelling ? lol). He did it on his own. You want him to sound like some kind of hero for delivering a slanted report, that even the Sandusky Register is now disregarding, and delivering it despite the fact that he cannot act as a board member outside of an official meeting ? Despite the fact that attorney Markling was not even hired to produce the report ?

I know you are sickened by this mess, TDN, but I'm amazed at a man's due process being completely ignored in this country and that doesn't sicken you in the least ?

And your 'unfortunately, we will never know', while dramatic, is also far from the truth because under oath, eventually we are all going to find out what exactly Caporini and Asher were attempting to do with their no votes. It may not be soon, TDN, but soon enough the whole truth and nothing but the truth will be spelled out for all of us.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Asher is a liar and that is a documented fact. He files an injunction to not pay the law firm. Point number one in this injunction is that he is a licensed attorney in the State of Ohio. He is NOT a licensed attorney in this state and has NEVER been a licensed attorney in this state. Don't waste your time trying to correct my statements because the State of Ohio verifies this. The man never filed to be active. Also, he has never submitted CEUs. What was the purpose of lying? Whether he is an attorney or not has absolutely no bearing in the purpose of the injunction. A man who will lie about something like this will lie about anything. His arrogance will eventually do him in. Personally, I will have a big smile on my face when everything settles. He only tells the truth when a lie doesn't fit!

Informed

Sold, I am going to say this once more and then I am done trying to discuss anything with you. During school hours, Fox is expected to be working unless he took a vacation or sick day. He emailed his mistress numerous times with sexually-charged messages during school hours. To me, that doesn't deserve a written reprimand. That deserves termination. Not to mention the fact that he was meeting with her during school hours (that's also in an email).
The school board considers Kalahari a vendor. That's all that matters. They do business with them. End of discussion.
Even if everything else in the report is false, these two things alone warrant termination, and the board has every right to proceed with that. However, I highly doubt that everything in the report is wrong.
The fact that he emailed Nelson saying he wanted to take his "administrators" on a trip to the Dells, which included a strip club, is highly unprofessional as well. If it wasn't a "school" trip, then why did he word the email in such fashion?
The guy needs to go regardless of the board.

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Informed-
We could argue about this forever, but the absolute truth is that Kalahari is NOT a vendor. They sell nothing to the Huron City Schools. Vendors like Toft Dairy, Coke, etc do sell to the school. Kalahari is absolutely NOT a vendor.

The email use is interesting. It used to be a big thing not to use your business email for personal use, but it was because the size of the information could not be handled. These days employers, including the school district, are not as concerned about the email use because their systems can handle the extra info. Just giving you a little tip about how it will all come down. (And I guess Donna Greene's use of Ohio State's email as her personal email is wrong, too ? Maybe Markling should do a report on her ?).

Fred Fox is well within his rights to take administrators on a team building trip. And even the strip club. They are all over 18. Since when did you stop being a man when you went to work for a school. I'd be real concerned if they were doing something with students, (like a class trip), but they weren't.

It's really none of our business where these men go on their own time, But now, you, and others, think you can judge people because you have been given information that should have never reached your eyes. Tim Sowecke took care of that. How would you like someone looking into your life ? I'll bet you and TDN would love a Markling report on you. Imagine what he would say about you.

And TDN-
I don't know all that about Kevin Asher. Really, in the big scheme of things, I really don't care about whether he is/can be/does/does not practice law. He has a business that does quite well. The only thing I'm concerned with is that Kevin does not believe we, (taxpayers), should pay for a report that was not authorized. It's all about authorization with school expenditures. Just like Fred Fox being authorized to be reimbursed for the Arizona trip. Authorization has to come from the entire board, not individual members. They vote to authorize.. They don't just go to the treasurer and tell him to write a check like Donna Greene did for the Huron Memorial Stadium sign. Or, like Tim Sowecke did with the Markling report. They have to act as a board. No individual OK's.

But.. You know that TDN. I really am not understanding what Kevin Asher or John Caporini have done to you, but you sure seem to have a personal interest in them ?

It's already all been spelled out. Even the Register has printed that the Markling report cannot be thought to be fact. Why are you still talking about what was in it ? Isn't it more important at this time to look at the motivation behind smearing Fred Fox ? Why did the 3 Stooges go after Fred ?

I've been asking this question from the beginning and every time I spell out the reasons I get deleted. This entire mess that will affect the Huron City Schools for years all goes back to one man's hatred for Fred Fox.

I will be the one smiling at the end of this. In fact I will probably laugh out loud when all of the facts are layed out. The truth. The whole truth and nothing but the truth. Tim Sowecke better get used to that pledge.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Informed...Sold will never admit that what you are saying is true. He will keep justifying "Freddy Boy's" (got that name from another post) actions 'til the cows come home. It does not matter what his take is on what are work hours and what is appropriate. The Ohio Dept. of Education will hold good ole Fred accountable. If the man has a license when they are done, I will be surprised.

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Better start practicing your surprised look, TDN.

The 'cows' haven't arrived yet, but when it is all said and done I believe that the proper people will pay for what they have done. This entire episode is about abusing your position and I'm not talking about Fred Fox.

Top to bottom, this entire situation is rotten. The only thing I have done from the beginning is tell you that there is more to this than what Fred Fox did or did not do.

It's not about what he did or did not do as stated in the bogus Markling report. This is all about what he has done while doing his job. You aren't going to find it in 'board minutes'. This all started long ago and some people will not rest until they 'get' Fred Fox.

The truth. The whole truth and nothing but the truth.
(I will believe any report that begins with those phrases).

Tsu Dho Nimh

All that matters is what ODE thinks and the he said she said that is not recorded or documented does not really matter.

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TDN-
This is exactly what I've been telling you. The OEC is only going to look at documented issues. Nothing in the Markling report is under oath nor will it even be considered by the OEC.

Take away the Markling report, as it is bogus, and what exactly does the Huron Board of Education have on Fred Fox ?

Disect this entire issue and even you should be able to see what a waste of time and money going after Fred Fox is.

1luckydog

If we are to look at emails, let's look at every employee of the school system. Not just the one we are trying to hang. I am sure many of our so highly held teachers have done the same.

Tmm

Luckydog it's actually pretty easy to get every email a teacher has made on their school provide (taxpayer funded) email system. Just make a request through the board office and by state law the emails must be released. Every school employee in Ohio is reminded over and over that emails produced through this system is public record. That is what makes Fox's use of this system to conduct an affair so incredibly astounding. He is either very stupid or just didn't give 2 shi//s who found out. Fox was making 100 plus K a year. You would think he had the means or intelligence to use his own private email.

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Tmm is correct on all counts.
Personel files are also available to a certain extent.

Tmm it is astounding to me, too. Fred works so much that his work/off times are definately blurred, but why he didn't just hook up with Yahoo I can't even explain.

I know it's amazing, but I have nothing to add to this post.. lol

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold..you posted something that makes sense and I can actually be in agreement with you. Do you see my surprised look? Good thing I practiced!

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Keep practicing TDN.. It will be one surprise after another.

I have never argued that Fred Fox did not use his school email to converse with a certain Fremont administrator. I can argue the content and timing until your cows come home, but no arguement here about him using it.

The interesting part about email use is what I posted above. It no longer appears that school systems do not allow employees to use their school email accounts as their personal accounts ?

News Flash !!! Here's an example: green.308@OSU.edu

Yes TDN, Donna Green uses her OSU email account as her personal account. OSU is definately a school.

Also, TDN.. I have recently seen an email from Donna Green that states that she agreed that Fred Fox should be reimbursed for his Arizona trip. She conceded that the majority wanted to reimburse Fred Fox so she went along with it. The example used in the email was that school board members go to a conference in Columbus every November and while they are there they visit with relatives and friends so why would it not be okay for Fred Fox to mix business with pleasure ?

This is how it's all going to go down.
Emails = So what ?
Arizona Trip = Totally reimbursable
Kalahari = Not a vendor
Donna Green = Owes school district $7,000 for sign at stadium
Tim Sowecke = lawsuit for 2.5 million and recalled for board seat
Scott Slocum = Relocation, steps down
John Caporini = Tried to follow laws and voted no to stop nonsense
Kevin Asher = Injunction held, continues not to practice law in Ohio

Keep practicing, TDN.. You will need that surprised look a lot in the near future.

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,
(Under oath, many stories will change)

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Keep practicing TDN.. It will be one surprise after another.

I have never argued that Fred Fox did not use his school email to converse with a certain Fremont administrator. I can argue the content and timing until your cows come home, but no arguement here about him using it.

The interesting part about email use is what I posted above. It no longer appears that school systems do not allow employees to use their school email accounts as their personal accounts ?

News Flash !!! Here's an example: green.308@OSU.edu

Yes TDN, Donna Green uses her OSU email account as her personal account. OSU is definately a school.

Also, TDN.. I have recently seen an email from Donna Green that states that she agreed that Fred Fox should be reimbursed for his Arizona trip. She conceded that the majority wanted to reimburse Fred Fox so she went along with it. The example used in the email was that school board members go to a conference in Columbus every November and while they are there they visit with relatives and friends so why would it not be okay for Fred Fox to mix business with pleasure ?

This is how it's all going to go down.
Emails = So what ?
Arizona Trip = Totally reimbursable
Kalahari = Not a vendor
Donna Green = Owes school district $7,000 for sign at stadium
Tim Sowecke = lawsuit for 2.5 million and recalled for board seat
Scott Slocum = Relocation, steps down
John Caporini = Tried to follow laws and voted no to stop nonsense
Kevin Asher = Injunction held, continues not to practice law in Ohio

Keep practicing, TDN.. You will need that surprised look a lot in the near future.

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,
(Under oath, many stories will change)

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A lot of things that us common folks would never even think about have come up through this debacle.

Email use by employees. Yes, they are using their email for personal communication.

Rainy Day Fund. Yes, through Fred Fox's leadership the Huron City Schools have gone from receivership to having a $7 million reserve.

Gloomy report. Yes the Huron City Schools are spending more than they are bringing in. (Especially now with lawyer fees).

School board members acting on their own and not as school board members. We would know none of this if this hadn't come out during this mess. Not only is this board locked in a 3-2 vote, they also have members, (Tim Sowecke, Donna Green), acting as if they are board members and doing things in the name of the board even though the only time they are school board members is when they are at an official meeting of the board of education.

School administrators are actually human. They make mistakes and yes they even go to strip clubs.

The things we've learned.

Huron_1969

Today's lesson - Perseverance

per·se·ver·ance/ˌpərsəˈvi(ə)rəns/Noun:
1.Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
2.Continuance in a state of grace leading finally to a state of glory.

3. Attempting to hold a "no spin" conversation with SOLD

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Hahaha... Huron_1969..

Of course you actually highlighted MY middle name:
per·se·ver·ance/ˌpərsəˈvi(ə)rəns/Noun:
1.Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
2.Continuance in a state of grace leading finally to a state of glory.

Thanks for pointing out that I persevere.
(Now there's some spin 69 !)

Tsu Dho Nimh

As they say down South, Sold...Bless your heart!

Huron_1969

All hail Sold

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No hailing.. (I'm not a cab driver.. lol)
Semi-intelligent conversation will do.

donutshopguy

Throw the bums out.

At this point, the only way to right the ship is to replace all administration.

It's the only way of eliminating all the cancer that has infected the Huron Schools System.

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Donut-
As I've stated before I am in agreement with your cancer analogy, but I don't see it happening.

Sad to say, but the 'cancer' has spread very deep into the system.

No easy answers. Recalling a board member takes 10% of their votes to be recinded. Firing an administrator is also not easy if you do not go by the rules of engagement.

At this point in time I would forcast that the present situation is going to stay in place for some time.

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