Huron board member files injunction

Huron School Board member Kevin Asher has filed an injunction against the board, three board members and the school treasurer.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jul 2, 2012

Huron School Board member Kevin Asher has filed an injunction against the board, three board members and the school treasurer.

Asher, represented by W. Patrick Murray, has asked the court to grant him a temporary injunction preventing the school district for paying McGown & Markling for an investigative report it prepared for the district looking into the activities of superintendent Fred Fox. (See the McGown & Markling report HERE.)

Read the full document below.

Comments

TaxRaider

Sold .... Was it Sowecke's Hometown News last week when Kevin Asher and John Caporini wrote a letter to the editor which spelled out the same information that was included in the injunction?  I thought you were open minded .... you quickley dismiss this letter to be written as a rumormoner. The writter gets her information from public records obtained from Huron City Schools, no third party lawfirm or someones spin on this one.  No rumors here, "just the facts ma'am".

http://www.huronhometownnews.com

You can read the letter online .... don't want to copy and paste or distort anything. 

 

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold,

I have come to the conclusion that you are a devil's advocate who posts nonsense just to see how many feathers you can ruffle.  Your defense of Fred Fox is comical, to say the least. 

As far as the letter to the editor, if you really haven't read it, you may want to.  It is a response to Kevin Asher's letter that was printed on June 28.  BTW, it was nice of Tim Sowecke to allow Kevin's letter to be printed...lol

http://www.huronhometownnews.com/

 

Julie R.

I read the Letter to the Editor in the Huron Hometown News by Sherry Catri and I thought it was excellent. It was in response to the June 28th Letter to the Editor by Mr. Asher and Mr. Caporini. Mrs. Catri said that Mr. Asher and Mr. Caporini's explanation of the Arizona trip hit a nerve and was less than truthful and she then went on to share what public records from the Board of Education supported. The last two paragraphs of her letter were also excellent and right on target.   

oh come on...

Sold - please tell me you've read the emails and not just the 50 page report!  Otherwise you have been yammering for two weeks with a fraction of the information.

Still Sold on Fox 3
oh come on... says

Sold - please tell me you've read the emails and not just the 50 page report! Otherwise you have been yammering for two weeks with a fraction of the information.

Oh - Although I've read the emails, can you show me what it is that I've missed that INCONCLUSIVELY shows that Fred Fox was having an affair on school time, (Which BTW, Fred Fox is on and off school time at various hours during the day because he actually has a 24/7 work week.).

Julie R. says

I read the Letter to the Editor in the Huron Hometown News by Sherry Catri and I thought it was excellent. It was in response to the June 28th Letter to the Editor by Mr. Asher and Mr. Caporini. Mrs. Catri said that Mr. Asher and Mr. Caporini's explanation of the Arizona trip hit a nerve and was less than truthful and she then went on to share what public records from the Board of Education supported. The last two paragraphs of her letter were also excellent and right on target.

Julie - I can't find Sherry Catri's letter anywhere on the Huron Hometown News web edition ? The Arizona trip, as I understand it, was for an educational conference where Fred Fox went to learn and benifit the Huron School System. He elected to take his wife. He paid for everything that concerned his wife. Apparently there was some trading going on as Fred Fox paid for this in return the board paid for that. Educational conferences are a legitimate reimbursable expense ? 

TaxRaider says

Sold .... Was it Sowecke's Hometown News last week when Kevin Asher and John Caporini wrote a letter to the editor which spelled out the same information that was included in the injunction? I thought you were open minded .... you quickley dismiss this letter to be written as a rumormoner. The writter gets her information from public records obtained from Huron City Schools, no third party lawfirm or someones spin on this one. No rumors here, "just the facts ma'am".

TaxRaider - I haven't read either letter and think that both distract from the 'facts' here. The 'facts' are that three Huron Board of Ed members, acting outside of the law, 'hired' an attorney to investigate the Huron City School's Superintendent, Fred Fox. One of the three board members, Tim SOWecke, hand delivered the illegally obtained report to the Ohio Ethics Commision to make the illegally obtained report a public record to make Fred Fox look bad, (which in it's own slanted way absolutely did make Fred Fox look bad). Kevin Asher filed an injunction attempting to not pay for the illegally obtained report. All the rest is conjecture. Fred Fox investigated 'toolgate'. He took an educational trip to Arizona. He took a team building trip to Wisconson. He mentored a superintendent candidate. I can make it look as good as slanted people can make it look bad ? If I wrote the Markling report would we even be talking about it now ? Just the 'facts' ma'am..

http://www.huronhometownnews.com

You can read the letter online .... don't want to copy and paste or distort anything. 

Can't read it online. Copy and paste it here, please. Both letters if you want. I really am not worried about you distorting any part of it !

 

Tsu Dho Nimh says

Sold,

I have come to the conclusion that you are a devil's advocate who posts nonsense just to see how many feathers you can ruffle. Your defense of Fred Fox is comical, to say the least.

As far as the letter to the editor, if you really haven't read it, you may want to. It is a response to Kevin Asher's letter that was printed on June 28. BTW, it was nice of Tim Sowecke to allow Kevin's letter to be printed...lol

TDN - LOLOL.. That is funny and true. All of what you have said. Well, not the part about the comical defense, because I am only defending that Fred Fox had some rights here, too. His rights were trampled by three overzealous board members. As I stated above, I can slant the whole mess as far as it's already been slanted. I think you should run for the board and would be a fine, educated candidate. If TaxRaider didn't already work for the school, she could run, too !

I'm sad this whole thing happened and wish it had happened differently. Fred Fox had to force his day in court and he's already been convicted in about 50% of the court of public opinion. Ask yourself, if you had not read the Markling report.. What would we be speculating on here ?

TaxRaider

Sold .... Tsu Dho Nimh

Based on what I have read in these blogs, I agree, Tsu Dho Nimh would make a great board member.  As for me, no way, I don't have the patience to deal with Huron politics.  I am a transplant, so no one would vote for me.  Someone, many blogs ago, assumed I work for Huron schools ... well I don't.  I am simply a taxpayer, as my name indicates, tired of having my piggybank raided by the tax collector. 

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold,

Just click on the link that TaxRaider provided and scroll to the second page - Around Town.  It's not hard to find.  You will see what was wrong with the "trading".

oh come on...

I'm sorry "Sold".  I just can't get past your use of the term "mentor".  Its mind-boggling.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Bang, boink, shag, mentor...it's all the same : )

Still Sold on Fox 3
Tsu Dho Nimh says

Bang, boink, shag, mentor...it's all the same : )

TDN - Hahahaha... You are funny ! Does it say Bang, Boink, or Shag anywhere in the Markling report or in the emails ? I do remember a reference of oral something, but it was he told me that Fred said.. Need I say more ? You are funny, though !

 

oh come on... says

I'm sorry "Sold". I just can't get past your use of the term "mentor". Its mind-boggling.

Oh - See comment above !
(Still no proof of it happening on the clock or an affair even happening. Two friends, mentorship.. I'll buy either).

 

Tsu Dho Nimh says

Sold,

Just click on the link that TaxRaider provided and scroll to the second page - Around Town. It's not hard to find. You will see what was wrong with the "trading".

TDN - I am not kidding when I say it's not there. The disfunctional website you have provided a link for does not allow me to see editions other than the current one which has a 'guest editorial' by Bill Steuk. I don't think Tim SOWecke has anything to do with the Huron Hometown News any more ? I was however sad to see that Delores Heydinger has passed away and would not have seen it if you two hadn't passed along the link, so thank you ! Please cut and paste the stupid letters so I can OFFICIALLY debate what this obvious scholar of Huron government has written.

Still Sold on Fox 3

TDN -

I'm dying to see what is wrong with the 'trading' as 'trading' goes on all day every day in every business including schools. Dying to see it. Could you post it, please ?

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold,

Cannot copy and paste the article from the site.  It is right above Judge Steuk's From the Bench.  I just click on the link provided and went directly to the July 12 edition of the Hometown News.  Mrs. Heydinger's obit is on page 3 and the Letter to the Editor is at the top of page 2.  It is a bit lengthy.

Julie R.

RE: Still Sold on Fox 3

Obviously you must not live in Huron because everybody gets this hand-delivered paper once a week. Nevertheless, if you didn't get one just go to any gas station in Huron. I believe even Discount Drug and most of the other stores in Huron have them, also.  

HuronRes

Julie,

Not sure if it indicates where anyone may live. I have lived in Huron all my life-at my
current residence for 3 yrs, and we have never received Hometown News at our
current location- and it's not like we live out in the sticks either. The other
places in town that we have lived we received it, and when we didn't receive it
here I emailed them asking why, but they never responded. So now we have to
pick it up at the gas station or at one of the stores in town

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Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold and TaxRaider,

Thanks for your support!  LOL

TaxRaider,

I think Sold must be reading the Blodgett edition of the Hometown News.  Remember how he didn't receive a letter from the attorney?  Sold's edition is missing the Letter to the Editor...LOL

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TDN and TaxRaider -

OK.. I got the letter and reprinted it with my interpretation. I have to say that Sherry Catri's putting her name on that letter deserves some praise, but I am absolutely, positively sure that Sherry Catri had help with it's contents.

I'm not afraid of conspiracies, they happen every day, but this is one !

And.. It goes both ways. There is a conspiracy to get rid of the people who circumvented the law in this mess. I'm glad the conspiracy is in place for this.

To think that school administrators and board members walk around with their heads stuffed with school/state/federal policies and laws is ludicris. Get real people.. They are people. They have a policy book that is all of ten inches thick. Sherry Catri claims that all know the laws and policies, or should. Well, maybe they should, but I know for a fact that the person who is the keeper of financial policies/laws/etc is the school's treasurer. The treasurer is responsible for raising red flags when something goes astray.

Two treasurers ago the treasurer was a drinking buddy with the last superintendent. This situation was unmanageable and was handled by the past board retiring the superintendent and firing the treasurer. These things happen.

The current treasurer SHOULD have seen what was wrong with the reimbursement for the Arizona trip. He should have given guidance to the Board who would in turn have given advice to the superintendent. Fred Fox has no part in what is reimbursed. This is strictly up to the treasurer followed by a vote by the board.

When Fred Fox found out he had been incorrectly reimbursed he promptly paid it back. Where is Fred Fox's culpability in this matter ?

OK... I feel the Arizona trip is no longer an issue and have Sherry Catri to thank for that. It's at least not Fred Fox's issue.

So now we have:
1)  'Toolgate' (Which, by the way. was not really a part of the Markling report)
2)  'The Affair' (Which none of the evidence proves more than a friendship, or mentorship)
3)  'The Golf Outing' (Which there are receipts for and was teambuilding)

What is next ?
It's about time for the Sandusky Register to come out with some more 'breaking' news ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jocko

Sowecke has absolutly nothing to do with the Huron Hometown News. He was hired when a group of investors including myself got together hoping to start a weekly paper that was local and would be communication for businesses, the city and the public to share. Sowecke was part of the FIRST ISSUE ONLY. He quit after the first issue. I just want to make that perfectly clear so there is no confusion. Let me know if you have any questions on this matter if it actually matters at all.

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Jocko-

Thanks for your input. This is what I suspected all along.

Well folks.. deleted for the 4th time here.. Well, I'm either being deleted or there's a glitch in the website ?

Anyways, I secured a copy of the Huron Hometown news. Not only the print copy.. I downloaded the web version, had one faxed to me from a friend and another friend scanned and emailed it to me... got it !

The following post I will read Sherri Catri's well researched 'indictment' and give you my take on it.

Hope you find it enlightening.. lol

You can now reach me at: ForFredFox2012@yahoo.com

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Ms. Catri: This letter is in response to the June 28th letter to the editor by Mr. Asher and Mr. Caporini. They lay out for the reader their side of the story regarding Mr. Fox and the actions of the other members. Their explanation of the Arizona trip hit a nerve and was less than truthful. I would like to share what public records obtained from the Huron Board of Education supports..

In October 2010, Mr. Fox indicated through email to the board members that he would like to attend the Effective Schools Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona and that he planned to pay his own airfare. Emails between four of the board members supported that he attend.

SoldOnFox:

*****Confirmation that 4, (four), board members supported the trip.

*****Confirmation that Fred Fox intended to pay his own airfare.

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Ms. Catri:  Mrs. Bulea shared that she felt the board should pay the airfare whereas Mrs. Green objected, although she stated that the others could vote in favor to pay.Airfare would have been a legitimate expense for the trip if the board they agreed to cover it. Mr. Fox confirmed that he was going to attend the conference and would cover his own travel expense.

SoldOnFox:

*****Confirmation that Fred Fox confirmed that he was attending the conference and would cover, (pay for), his travel expenses.

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Ms. Catri:  On 2/18/11 a purchase order number for $1500 was issued with Mr. Fox as the vendor. It was the approximate cost of food and lodging for the Effective Schools Conference with dates of March 2 – March 5, 2011. There is no documentation that supports he attended the March 1 preconference.

SoldOnFox:

*****Confirmation that the Huron Board of Education intended to pay Fred Fox’s travel expenses before he left for the trip.

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Ms. Catri:  On 3/7/11 a check was issued to Mr. Fox that included the expenses for the conference. What was included but not permissible:  Lodging at $165 per night from 2/26 through 2/28 -he was only eligible for 3/1- 3/4 as he flew home on 3/5.

SoldOnFox:

Fred Fox’s travel did not conform to the exact dates of the conference. I’m in agreement that the $165 per night before the conference should not be reimbursable unless the days were spent doing something related to the schools. Although, if the Huron Board of Education agreed to pick up Fred Fox’s lodging, it is their gaff, not Fred Fox’s. Ms. Catri is claiming here that Fred Fox flew out to the conference sight on 2/26/2011 ?

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Ms. Catri:  Food bill from 2/27 for $30.14 - not only was is not permissible because of the date, it was not itemized. The school board policy requires that all bills be itemized. A charge from the hotel/resort’s restaurant on 3/4 for $30.15 and not itemized - the establishment serves both food and alcohol and alcohol is not permissible.The board does not even know what they paid for when approving this expense.

 

SoldOnFox:

So.. The $30.15 is a legitimate reimbursable expense but it is not itemized. This would be on the treasurer. (And to ease your panic, I’ve never seen Fred Fox take a drink in the years that I’ve known him).

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Ms. Catri:   Rental car from 2/26 through 3/5 for a total of $373.37- Mr. Fox picked up and returned the car at the hotel. The use of public monies only allows rental cars if there is no shuttle service from the airport to the hotel or if public transportation is not available to reach the conference. The brochure for the conference indicates that both were available. Reimbursement of the rental car fee was not a legitimate expense.

SoldOnFox:

*****Once again.. Fred Fox had a rental car and used it to go to and from the conference. Ms. Catri acts as if the Board and it’s employees have a pocket reference book of the laws/rules. This falls into the area of not knowing, not willfully attempting to pull one over. There is an absence of malice. (And.. Once again, even I would find it not reimbursable to have the rental car before 3/01, unless there was other school business going on).

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Ms. Catri:  Late Feb. 2012, a year after the Arizona trip, Mr. Fox writes a personal check to the district for the amount similar to the cost of the rental car. This is after the internal investigation begins regarding a separate issue.

SoldOnFox-
*****Confirmation that when the parties involved, (the Board of Ed, the Superintendent and the Treasurer), found out that the rental car expense was not reimbursable they acted on it and Fred Fox wrote a check for the amount. He did the right thing and you are making it look like people were covering it all up ? What part did Fred Fox play in this except to go to a conference with the blessing of the Board and then turn in his expenses which he was told were covered ?

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Ms. Catri:  Mr. Asher and Mr. Caporini state in their letter that Mr. Fox only submitted one food receipt which is not true. He turned in a total of three with only one for $8.49 that was within the approved dates and itemized. They also state that the food at the resort was expensive yet they approve a non-itemized charge of $30.15. They did not even take the time to review the expenses but were eager to share the “truth”.

SoldOnFox -

*****Once again.. Caporini and Asher are not the only Board members and there is also a treasurer. No one seemed to question the itemization of the bills ? And what about the rest of Fred Fox’s meals ? Did he only eat 3 times while there ? Or did he only put in to be reimbursed for three meals and you are complaining about that ?
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Ms. Catri:  All board members must have been aware of the district policy and the use of public monies policy. Mr. Caporini as an experienced board member and Mr. Asher with his legal background should have known that what they approved was unethical and illegal.

SoldOnFox -

*****Once again, Ms. Catri.. Caporini and Asher are only two of five. All of them put together probably aren’t aware of most district policy unless it’s brought to their attention. They are not professional board members. They are citizens like yourself, but these five stepped up to the plate to represent you. They stuck their collective necks out for you. I assure you that not one person on the Huron Board of Education knew that there was anything wrong with the reimbursement or it wouldn’t have happened. 

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Ms. Catri:  Mr. Fox as the superintendent would have been aware of the district policy and the use of public monies policy and Mr. Weis as the board treasurer knew that this was wrong but paid it anyway at the direction of board members. This was a poor decision on his part. All parties involved knew what they were doing and are equally responsible.

SoldOnFox -

*****Once again, Ms Catri, the people you have listed probably had no idea anything was out of the ordinary with the exception of one.. The treasurer. He is the money man. He is the one selected and hired specifically to watch the money. He knows the rules and regs. He is in place to keep the Board informed as to what is right, wrong and in the middle. The Superintendent runs the school day to day by working with his administrators. The treasurer has two assistants and THEY DO EVERYTHING FINANCIALLY ORIENTED !

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Ms. Catri:  This was not an error in judgment. This was an abuse of authority and intentional misuse of taxpayer money. They knew the rules but chose not to follow them. In my opinion, Mr. Asher, Mr. Caporini, and Mrs. Bulea did not think that anyone would ever learn of what they did. They were to be stewards of the taxpayers’ purse but instead used our money as an entitlement.
Sherry Catri

*SoldOnFox -
****I’m not even going to dignify these last comments with too much of a response except to say I have answered these statements above. To say this was an intentional misuse of taxpayer money is comical. These people you have named have nothing to gain from this. Once again I am going to assure you that this could not have been intentional or it would not have been done. You only name Bulea, Asher and Caporini in your ‘indictment’, Ms. Catri ? Weren’t there two other Board members that had to also be in ‘cahoots’ with these three ?

Ms. Catri is your hero people of the posts ? Why don’t we elect her to the school board since she knows the polices/procedures/rules/laws ?

She researched emails, receipts and board policy and comes up with ‘intentional misuse’?

Trust me when I say that the Huron Board of Education, at that time, did not intentionally do anything wrong. Neither did Fred Fox.

With all of Ms. Catri’s research laid out there is one person who should have known what is reimbursable and what wasn’t. The treasurer. This person is professionally trained to know these things and has a weekly meeting with the Board president to talk about these types of issues and to sign papers like authorization of funds for travel.

Fred Fox went to a school related conference. The Huron Board of Ed, (all 5 of them), gave the OK to cover his expenses. He barely ate. He turned in receipts. When told of the mistake, (rental car), he promptly paid the cost of it back.

How can you possibly villainize Fred Fox in this matter ?

(I have not even corrected the spelling in this poorly written ‘indictment’.)..

 

 

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold,

All I can say is you can twist anything and your response is quite entertaining.  Either you missed the entire point or you just want a reaction/debate. Either way, its not worth my time.

If you are looking for a name change or update, why not consider Sold on Stupid.  It suits your arguement well.

And as for Mrs. Catri running for the school board, would you be interesting in running her campaign?

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TDN -

I am not the one twisting anything here. I am actually attempting to untie the tangled mess that has been woven here, and illegally I might add.

The twisters are like Ms. Catri. You did get my point that you can spin information to make it fit your cause. TDN.. I am not the one. This whole thing was way twisted before I uttered my first post.

The name change is not by my choice. Someone keeps rendering my account unusable ? Another part of this conspiracy ?

I will keep coming back.. (If only to entertain you, TDN.. lol)

I am not arguing Ms. Catri's points. They are real and have merit, but if you really read my post you should see that I'm not saying that the Arizona trip was handled correctly. My point is that it is not on Fred Fox's back where the blame should set. He does not make policy. He does not watch the finances except for keeping an eye on the big picture for the future of the school system. He has a working knowledge of school finance, but he is not the treasurer.

I am totally sincere when I say that the treasurer is the one who should have known what was the proper thing to do and the proper way to reimburse the Arizona trip.

I know you are intelligent enough to understand this.

Maybe you should change your name to: Γνωρίζουμε όλα  ?

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TDN -

Now there's a name change by my choice !

Tsu Dho Nimh

I would but it's all Greek to me!  Ya know...lol

 

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Well well..

Old news already. I can't wait to hear what the state has to say !

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