Huron schools superintendent at center of investigation

(Updated with audio from school board meeting) It's a fiasco.
Jessica Cuffman
May 25, 2012

(Updated with audio from school board meeting) It’s a fiasco.

So says Huron Schools superintendent Fred Fox’s attorney, and one of the school board members who adamantly opposed a vote to send an investigation into allegations made against Fox to a higher authority for review.

After a four-hour closed doors session Tuesday night, board members voted 3-2 to forward the investigation to the Ohio Ethics Commission.

No one has disclosed what the allegations entail, but they were serious enough to spur the board into hiring a law firm to sort out the facts of the matter.

Fox’s attorney, Larry Vuillemin, characterized the investigation as a fishing expedition. 

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register.

Comments

windyglen

Hmm, as is typical most of you have no idea what you are talking about!  Ruf was employed by Huron BEFORE Fox!

exploersport

 I am a Huron resident and proud of it! But we the people vote people onto the school board to watch over things that go on. I think the school board would not just spend tax money just to spend it! There must be some wrong doing going on in that office that needs to be looked at. The school board is doing the right thing just give then your support. 

KM
exploersport says

I think the school board would not just spend tax money just to spend it!

it's a nice thought but recent budget and purchase decisions prove otherwise. 

ask:  where does the buck stop?

Retiree

You people in Huron feel that all the board members have an agenda or ax to grind. Wake up and smell the roses and quit categorizing these people. They have a job to do and let them do it. If something is wrong they will fix it and they do not need to hear from the peanut gallery.  How shallow minded Huron people are. It's funny how people forget whose daughter was hired as AD when he was voted on the school board. I would support that person who hired her also, wouldn't you. Dig a little deeper and you will find more favors Huron.   

HeresMy2Cents4Ya

Fred Fox is a jerk. I'm sorry, but he is. I dealt with him a few times over the past couple of years. My daughter was being bullied in school and after nothing being done about it, she finally stood up to her bullier. My daughter got detention, the other girl got nothing. When I confronted Fox about it, he said "Did you ever think that maybe your daughter thinks she can do whatever she wants because she knows her mom is going to stick up for her?". Really?? I also know of other kids being bullied and nothing has been done about it despite parents begging for their child to be protected. It's about time someone is questioning Fox's ethics. In my opinion, he has none.

frizzlefrap

i wonder if kalahari will foot the bill for a lawyer? .... they've got money to throw around!

donutshopguy

frizzle,

My contacts also have said this problem is in regards to something associated with Kalahari and Mr. Fox.

 

fica

 Didn't this start because of the theft(s) committed by the transportation supervisor, and covered up by the higher ups, all of who graduated together? I guess we will know soon enough.  Also, why all the drama in the bus garage lately, with the supervisor always in the middle?

wiredmama222

I don't live in Huron and I haven't got a clue what this is all about, but if that was a public meeting, why did all those people get so mad when the one man asked to speak?   In any public meeting, persons present usually are allowed time to speak. 

Remember how mad everyone got when Deirdra tried to silence people from speaking at the commission meeting?  It seems to me, that is what these board members did to this attorney. 

If this guy is being accused of something, does he not have the right to see what he is being accused of?  What are they hiding? 

BAM272

I think that if the school board is spending thousands of taxpayer dollars then they need to disclose the reason for this to the public who elected them to office.  If they are sharing a document that contains results of an investigation at a public meeting the public has a right to know what the document contains, otherwise it should have been handled in an executive session.  The school board and its administration are stewards of not only tax dollars, but the education and future of our children.  I think the community of Huron has a right to know what the allegations are if they are directed at one their leaders.  When using tax dollars transparency is expected and the veil of secrecy is unacceptable.

Retiree

No No No Find out the maden name of the AD

jetskier

fica, I think you may be on to something. Who in the bus garage was supposedly suspended for ten days? Those are the rumors that I have heard floating around. Wonder if that has anything to do with it?

fudge pies

 

 

 

 good luck 2 all

turner915

OMG! THE WM CONSPIRACY THEORY AGAIN!!! IT IS NEVER ENDING!!!

partyboy

Mr. Fox has done an exceptional job at Huron.  I am surprised by this alligations,  It sounds like a perosnal attack.  He is a hometown guy.  It is playing out like a bad high school scene.  Isn't it time that we focus on what is important..the students and the academic performace. Shouldn't that speak loudly enough??

Sold On Fox

Fred Fox,
With all you have done for the Huron School System and the city of Huron they should be having a parade or naming a building after you..

Instead, three of your five member Board of Education brought their 'secret' agendas to the light of day. These people do not belong on the board. They are not there for the right reason which is the best possible school for students and the best possible work place for employees.

Fred.. You are an employee of the board. If this $10,000 investigation turns up nothing I would fully expect you to sue this ineffective group of people who wouldn't know a great school or administrator if they hit them in the face.

This board is completely out of control and taxpayers/voters better be paying attention. Puppets.. That's who you elected. And who is pulling the strings ? It is obviously not you. And Why ?

The Board of Education represents you Huron taxpayers/voters.. and right now 'you' look like 'you' have some kind of vendetta against Fred Fox ?

Speak up taxpayers. If you think this is the only time these people, (the Board), have frivolously spent time or money you are as delusional as the three board members who decided to investigate the best administrator Huron ever had.

Did they fire R.L. McCormick, too ?

Thank you, Fred..
(Now take your credentials and get a 'real' job at another district that will appreciate you. Who in this state, besides maybe Will Folger, would want this job in Huron ? Let's see them find a new super.)

donutshopwannabe
To Mr Sold On Fox,   You are 100% right. If you look closely at the status of the Huron school system you will see fiscal strength, continued and improved academic excellence, buildings in great shape and most importantly, students that graduate and exceed in life. This is only possible with strong teachers, administrators and good leadership. Mr. Fox must be commended for all his efforts. The numbers speak for themselves.   As Mr Sold On Fox stated, these three Board members are just puppets with someone else pulling the strings. If you listen to the video, Mr. Asher says it well when he says “vendetta” – that is what this is. A witch hunt to pay back a vendetta.   Why would you bring in an outside rogue attorney to conduct an investigation? Why would you not conduct the investigation internally? Isn’t that what your job is? $10,000 is a tip of the ice berg. They have only authorized $10,000 because that is the maximum level of authority allowed without going to a public vote. This bill from Markling will be much higher in total when all is said and done. Plus on top of this attorney bill will be the costs for the other Firm, as stated in yesterday’s Viewpoint, Dane Gaschen and crew. How can a Public entity spend this taxpayer money without being held accountable? Plus attempt to cover it up by not discussing or voting in open session.   Back to the vendetta – if your close to Huron blood – you should be able to figure this one out. I’m sure the Register will dig into this one. And Slocum should be the one reported to the ethics committee for signing that formal agreement that authorizes this investigation, the one that is in the Register on May 17. I can’t see any record in the Board meeting minutes of where this was approved in an open meeting. This definitely is a Sunshine Law violation and he knowingly signed it. Read the Law – ORC121.22. This violation also makes everything identified in the study invalid. Read it yourself. Paragraph (H). Just shows how left field the Board is or that they think the Public doesn’t know and they can just sweep it under the rug, aka, Viewpoint article May 29. Or maybe the rogue attorney advised them improperly.   Fred – we want you here. We want this fixed. We want the Board to work on school improvement and the students. The Board needs to stop this now.   Stay tuned – I’m sure the Register will unfold the vendetta for all to know and let the taxpayers be the judge – if they don’t, I might. Let’s give them some time.   As Mr Sold On Fox says, speak up taxpayers!   Thank you Mr. Fox!
Sold On Fox

No..
It's you that is 100% correct.

I can only hope the Sandusky Register has what it takes to figure this 'secret agenda' out.  

'And Slocum should be the one reported to the ethics committee for signing that formal agreement that authorizes this investigation, the one that is in the Register on May 17. I can’t see any record in the Board meeting minutes of where this was approved in an open meeting. This definitely is a Sunshine Law violation and he knowingly signed it. Read the Law – ORC121.22. This violation also makes everything identified in the study invalid. Read it yourself. Paragraph (H).'

You have so done your homework WannaBe. The Sunshine Law is a reality for Board members and the only thing I think they will say is it was a personel issue thus eliminating the Sunshine. But.. I believe you are right on the money that the approval has to be done in an open Board meeting with a majority. It would be sweet to find out who was there when the investigation was authorized.

I want to go on record that a Board members position is not an easy job and they are definately underpaid, (YES.. PAID), and overworked, but.. they cannot circumvent the system for the sake of a personal vendetta.

Fred's a bigger man than I, for I could not work with a 3-2 Board.. Especially when the three have it out for me and it's personal.

Slocum and Green made a big deal about replacing other school board members, but these were members who got the school through a bankruptcy and averted a teacher strike along with Fred. The budget they pass today was built on the past board's back. All they had to do was show up and let Fred do his job which, by the way, Fred's job continues which is to provide an educational and safe setting for kids and school employees. Wow.. This has got to be interesting with this Board's lynch mob mentality ?

Fred's ethics are impeccable, but what people read in the paper is reality to taxpayers/voters. Perception IS reality. How are you perceiving the Huron School System now folks ? Let me school you a bit.. Fred.. Is still doing his job which includes providing a staff that sends about 80% of the graduating class to college. Can you name similer statistics for your job ? 

This Board needs an overhaul. They obviously cannot work together. And working together is not rubber stamping. It is working towards a common goal: a great school system and a future for students and school employees. You will not see the fights with a Board that is working together. They fight in executive session and then work it out so what the public sees is seemless business. In past Boards the only members I ever saw vote no were Chubak and Suter. And Suter only voted no on raising school lunch prices. A Board that works together is good for the school. What this Board is doing is disasterous and is under Scott Slocum's unethical leadership.

Keep digging WannaBe. I believe with your sharp eyes and obvious Huron 'blood' you are going to find a lot more out about this Board of Education. I haven't even started on Sowike.  

Huron Taxpayers please wake up and ask some questions. Do not let this divided Board represent you like this !

Sold On Fox

No..
It's you that is 100% correct.

I can only hope the Sandusky Register has what it takes to figure this 'secret agenda' out.  

'And Slocum should be the one reported to the ethics committee for signing that formal agreement that authorizes this investigation, the one that is in the Register on May 17. I can’t see any record in the Board meeting minutes of where this was approved in an open meeting. This definitely is a Sunshine Law violation and he knowingly signed it. Read the Law – ORC121.22. This violation also makes everything identified in the study invalid. Read it yourself. Paragraph (H).'

You have so done your homework WannaBe. The Sunshine Law is a reality for Board members and the only thing I think they will say is it was a personel issue thus eliminating the Sunshine. But.. I believe you are right on the money that the approval has to be done in an open Board meeting with a majority. It would be sweet to find out who was there when the investigation was authorized.

I want to go on record that a Board members position is not an easy job and they are definately underpaid, (YES.. PAID), and overworked, but.. they cannot circumvent the system for the sake of a personal vendetta.

Fred's a bigger man than I, for I could not work with a 3-2 Board.. Especially when the three have it out for me and it's personal.

Slocum and Green made a big deal about replacing other school board members, but these were members who got the school through a bankruptcy and averted a teacher strike along with Fred. The budget they pass today was built on the past board's back. All they had to do was show up and let Fred do his job which, by the way, Fred's job continues which is to provide an educational and safe setting for kids and school employees. Wow.. This has got to be interesting with this Board's lynch mob mentality ?

Fred's ethics are impeccable, but what people read in the paper is reality to taxpayers/voters. Perception IS reality. How are you perceiving the Huron School System now folks ? Let me school you a bit.. Fred.. Is still doing his job which includes providing a staff that sends about 80% of the graduating class to college. Can you name similer statistics for your job ? 

This Board needs an overhaul. They obviously cannot work together. And working together is not rubber stamping. It is working towards a common goal: a great school system and a future for students and school employees. You will not see the fights with a Board that is working together. They fight in executive session and then work it out so what the public sees is seemless business. In past Boards the only members I ever saw vote no were Chubak and Suter. And Suter only voted no on raising school lunch prices. A Board that works together is good for the school. What this Board is doing is disasterous and is under Scott Slocum's unethical leadership.

Keep digging WannaBe. I believe with your sharp eyes and obvious Huron 'blood' you are going to find a lot more out about this Board of Education. I haven't even started on Sowike.  

Huron Taxpayers please wake up and ask some questions. Do not let this divided Board represent you like this !

Sold On Fox

No..
It's you that is 100% correct.

I can only hope the Sandusky Register has what it takes to figure this 'secret agenda' out.  

'And Slocum should be the one reported to the ethics committee for signing that formal agreement that authorizes this investigation, the one that is in the Register on May 17. I can’t see any record in the Board meeting minutes of where this was approved in an open meeting. This definitely is a Sunshine Law violation and he knowingly signed it. Read the Law – ORC121.22. This violation also makes everything identified in the study invalid. Read it yourself. Paragraph (H).'

You have so done your homework WannaBe. The Sunshine Law is a reality for Board members and the only thing I think they will say is it was a personel issue thus eliminating the Sunshine. But.. I believe you are right on the money that the approval has to be done in an open Board meeting with a majority. It would be sweet to find out who was there when the investigation was authorized.

I want to go on record that a Board members position is not an easy job and they are definately underpaid, (YES.. PAID), and overworked, but.. they cannot circumvent the system for the sake of a personal vendetta.

Fred's a bigger man than I, for I could not work with a 3-2 Board.. Especially when the three have it out for me and it's personal.

Slocum and Green made a big deal about replacing other school board members, but these were members who got the school through a bankruptcy and averted a teacher strike along with Fred. The budget they pass today was built on the past board's back. All they had to do was show up and let Fred do his job which, by the way, Fred's job continues which is to provide an educational and safe setting for kids and school employees. Wow.. This has got to be interesting with this Board's lynch mob mentality ?

Fred's ethics are impeccable, but what people read in the paper is reality to taxpayers/voters. Perception IS reality. How are you perceiving the Huron School System now folks ? Let me school you a bit.. Fred.. Is still doing his job which includes providing a staff that sends about 80% of the graduating class to college. Can you name similer statistics for your job ? 

This Board needs an overhaul. They obviously cannot work together. And working together is not rubber stamping. It is working towards a common goal: a great school system and a future for students and school employees. You will not see the fights with a Board that is working together. They fight in executive session and then work it out so what the public sees is seemless business. In past Boards the only members I ever saw vote no were Chubak and Suter. And Suter only voted no on raising school lunch prices. A Board that works together is good for the school. What this Board is doing is disasterous and is under Scott Slocum's unethical leadership.

Keep digging WannaBe. I believe with your sharp eyes and obvious Huron 'blood' you are going to find a lot more out about this Board of Education. I haven't even started on Sowike.  

Huron Taxpayers please wake up and ask some questions. Do not let this divided Board represent you like this !

donutshopwannabe
SOF -   You are correct.  They can go into Executive session to discuss/consider personnel issues.  ORC121.22 Paragraph (G) allows for that plus a number of other things.  So they were OK there but they screwed up when Slocum signed that formal "Authorization to Investigate".  I read that in the Register.  This agreement was not published in the daily paper, only the online edition.  So not many have seen this.  It was published somewhere around middle of May.  I think it was tagged onto the article about the bus diver at the end as a Pdf file.  Check it out.   Anyway, ORC 121.22 paragraph (H) says:   "A resolution, rule, or formal action of any kind is invalid unless adopted in an open meeting of the public body. A resolution, rule, or formal action adopted in an open meeting that results from deliberations in a meeting not open to the public is invalid unless the deliberations were for a purpose specifically authorized in division (G) or (J) of this section and conducted at an executive session held in compliance with this section. A resolution, rule, or formal action adopted in an open meeting is invalid if the public body that adopted the resolution, rule, or formal action violated division (F) of this section."   So in summary, you can consider in an Executive session but you cannot take formal action. Here is a real simple analogy. You can go into an Executive Session to consider/discuss firing someone but you cannot actually fire that individual in Executive Session, you must come out and take this formal action in an open meeting. Makes sense right.   Now we don't know when or where this formal agreement was signed because there is no date on it.  But what we do know is that there is no record of this agreement being adopted in an open meeting. So Slocum either: 1) signed it not in an open meeting knowing he was violating the Sunshine Law, or 2) he did not know the Sunshine Law and maybe was advised erroneously by some else.  But as President, he should know the Law.  So either way you look at it, he screwed up.   But if nobody challenges it, then it gets swept under the rug.  Hopefully, the Register will dig into this and they should take this to the Ethics Committee.  This is a biggee and I think Slocum can be held personally libel.   Will be interesting to see this play out.  Plus after reading the Viewpoint Editorial last night, you certainly can see what side the Register is on.     
Sold On Fox

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Sold On Fox

Unfortunately to the moderators..

If you were doing your jobs and actually reporting on what is 'actually' going on the comments stated would have been FACT and not what you consider to be 'libelous'.

Defamatory ? Yes, but all facts.

So.. Investigating Fred Fox is neither libelous or defamatory ?

As usual.. the Register doing another fabulous job of reporting the facts..

Maybe your 'superintendent' needs an investigation ?

donutshopguy

  The people elect school board members. The school board is the only group that can hire and fire the superintendent. If three of the five school board members question Mr. Fox's ethics than he should be looking for a new job.

Hey donutshopwannabe your training begins every morning at the Huron Donut Shop.  It's an interesting experience.  Everything you want to know about Huron and a lot you don't.

fudge pies

It was very clear when  two people ran for board what their reasoning was. #1. get rid of the super #2 get rid of the hs principal #3 get rid of the AD.    two out of three in the works!   The newbee on the board will not back down until he succeeds.  Thats his goal. Once he has succeeded, he will finish his term and not run for BOE again.

 

windyglen

Small Town

I agree in part to your comment-the newest board member had/has an agenda that has nothing to do with what is best for the Huron City schools or the residents of Huron. (can you believe he is a business owner and resident himself! and while everyone is throwing around the relationships of board members and school staff lets not forget that two board members are/were connected through marriage to the football coach-hmm coincidence - I think NOT!).

BUT...just to clear up any misunderstanding about the departure of the hs principal-he took a position that is a promotion and is not tied in any way to the super's issues.  It is a shame his years of dedication to the district have to me overshadowed by the possible wrong doings of the super and the personal agenda of the newest board member!

Let's focus on the issue at hand-the alleged ethics violations of the super and the personal agenda of the newest board member.

Sold On Fox

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Sold On Fox

Donutshopguy,
You are correct on all three of your points. It will hurt the Huron School System, but Fred Fox cannot possibly work with this Board.

And..
It takes an almost 'act of God' to get rid of a Board member, so if he decides to stay he will be stuck with them.

Maybe not for the training, but the Huron Donut Shop has pretty good donuts !

car 54

    Fred,  my Huron township neighbors claim you are indeed in hot water! Maybe some kick-backs from the stadium project? I wonder when the treasure's name appears.

   I'd say the board has some decent cards at the table.

Sold On Fox

Where were the Huron Schools ten years ago.?. on the brink of Bankruptcy.

The Board at the time with Fred got the school out of fiscal disaster and also averted a teacher's strike. The school's buildings and facilities are fantastic. Did the current Board have anything to do with this ?
HELL NO !

The current Board road on past Board's backs and on Fred Fox's back.

Soweke is a whole different subject. What has he done in his short time on the Board ?
Disruption.
Wonder if he runs his own business like that ?

Fred Fox HAS DONE HIS JOB !
Look around at the district and look at their success with students and their futures.

Huron.. WAKE UP !

Do not let Soweke, Greene, Slocum and the football coach ruin what you have: a solid school district with a great leader who has results to show for it. Where are Slocum, Greene and Soweke's results ?

Please list them.. someone ?

And now all of the buzzards are circling. Watch and see what this does to our school district and it's credibility, Mr. All Knowing and Powerful Slocum.

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