Huron board hires deputy schools superintendent

A divided Huron school board voted Tuesday to hire a deputy superintendent to lead the district while Fred Fox is on paid leave.
Jessica Cuffman
Jul 26, 2012

A divided Huron school board voted Tuesday to hire a deputy superintendent to lead the district while Fred Fox is on paid leave.

John Fernbaugh will start in the position Aug. 1.

Fernbaugh was most recently superintendent at Woodmore Schools in Sandusky County last year. He has held similar positions at four other Ohio districts.

The board met for about 45 minutes in a closed-door executive session before later voting to hire Fernbaugh when it reconvened in open session on Tuesday.

For more on this story and an update on the Fox situation, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register.



SR can you put like and dislike buttons on the blogs?  It would be great to be able to agree or disagree with comments.


 Great Letter to the Editor in the SR today by Sherry Catri.   


 Wait....I thought the board was moving to fire Freddie Boy, not place him on leave?


Regardless of where one stands on this issue it is unfortunate the huge costs all this has racked up to date and far more are on the table that will cost. The $500+ a day this Deputy Superintendent is being paid is only on part of the costs..Add to that amount the State Teacher's Retirment System that will collect on this Deputy Superintendent's salary at 13% in addition to what he is beng paid. Helath insurance may well be a factor in adding even more costs.  And we have not even touched the legal costs and I am sure that is far from over. The costs that have already been spent will be a drop in the bucket to what lies ahead.

Sad part is taxpayers give money to Huron City Schools to educate children for the furture and this is where their money is being spent. Many property owners in Huron struggle to pay their taxes and this is how their hard earned dollars are being spent.  Money is being spent not educating children for the world of tomorrow but for attorneys, Deputy Superintendents, etc. 

Darwin's choice

Gardenman...........exactly !  Great post.



Who is Ms. Catri related to Mr. Caporini or Mr. Legando ?

With that information I don't have to read the article.


Donutshopguy and TDN....

I know Mrs. Sherry Catri and she is NOT related to Mr. Caporini or Mr. Legando.  In fact, I seriously doubt she knows either of these two men personally.  She is not originally from Huron. She is a frustrated resident. 

Tsu Dho Nimh


Mrs. Catri is not related to anyone.  As a matter of fact, she isn't originally from the area.  My understanding is that she is a teacher in another district and is just tired of the arrogance of two of the current board members.   Really don't think she has a horse in the race.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Here is the link that Mrs. Catri refers to in her letter:

Sit n Spin

I'm sure the citizens of Huron willl tell the school board to shove it when they propose another levey ! 

Sitting In The ...

Now there paying two people to do one persons job....way to go Huron !!!! First you accuse him of whatever then ignore the state and say we hired someone he guilty then you fire him then rehire him ....this just keeps getting better and better. 

Julie R.

So what is the reason Mr. Asher is not permitted to practice law in Ohio? Is it simply because he never registered with the state or is there another reason?

Tsu Dho Nimh


Based on the linked, it seems that Mr. Asher has not registered with the state and has not completed the necessary course work to maintain his license.  Wonder why he stated in his injunction that he is a licensed attorney in Ohio when it isn't true?  Hmmmm...sounds like he wouldn't recognize the truth if it bit him.

Oh come one now...

Sitting in the... (dark?) You need to get your facts straight.  When did they ignore the state of Ohio?  The ethics commission has not yet ruled.  When did they fire and rehire him?  They first put him on unpaid suspension, then determined they must pay him during the process, so had to change it to paid suspension. 


I was in a local establishment in the last few days that is a gathering place for folks talking about life in Huron. You can easily guess the location I am sure. When I go in to buy donuts for the family at home I always enjoy listening to the philosophical views of tthe Huron stool sitters. It's like yesteryear where the local men all gathered at the general store and debated the issues of the day. Its the modern day version of the general store I guess.

As I waited for service it was:

Did you see they are paying this guy $570 a day to be Deputy Superintendent?

Another said where did we find these three clowns we have on the school board who approved paying this guy that kind of money?

Well next year they say the school board will have a levy on the ballot and these board members will say its for the kids..............nada it's for the attorneys, legal costs and their stupid actions.

Another said...well I voted for all three but I never will again.....if Mickey Mouse ran for school board he would do a better job.

A man who was in white shirt, tie and suit obviously a local professional in for his pastries said...well you know if Todd Nelson decides to sue these three on the school board for what they have said about him a couple things are for sure.....he has deep pockets to pay multiple attorneys and the school board''s directors and officers liability insurance will not cover their legal costs if sued individucally only collectively. Said he could sink them financially with personal legal costs and at the very least it will affect their credit reports with a pending  law suit against them that would make it hard for them to get a personal loan.


Not sure how much all this was true but one can always get their dose of local thoughts at the pastry shop, As I say to me it's a flash back to the old general store of yesteryear.




If Fred Fox would do the honorable thing and resign, Huron would not be paying two people to do the same job.  The Board could hire a replacement superintendent and the district could move forward. 


Gardenman, people in said establishment like to say a lot of things about which they know very little.  They just love to run their mouths and hear the sounds of their own voices.  They are a bunch of opinionated know-it-alls, what they say only contains a grain of truth.

Nothing has been said about Nelson...he is not the one that has violated ethics.


Informed ... well said.  As my dad always said  "a bunch of sh** house lawyers".  And I wonder who could the business man be??  Not really, we all know who that is. 

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I loved your post about the Donut Shop stop..

So now..
The '3 Stooges' have made a 'deputy superintendent' the highest paid 'deputy superintendent' or superintendent in Erie County ? And.. Have rewritten board policy to include a 'deputy superintendent' ?

OK.. Here's a fact: The Huron Board of Education could have asked the Erie County School Superintendent to fill in while Fred Fox is on paid leave thus saving the $570 a day salery of the newly hired 'deputy superintendent'.

#2 - Then.. they hire a person who lives out of the county ? He might as well be a reporter for the Register for what he knows about running the Huron City Schools ?

#3 - Funny that the tide is turning at the Donut Shop to the point where even they are seeing what the '3 Stooges' are up to. These 3 will stop at nothing to make Fred Fox look bad and also to make themselves look like pathetic examples of why there should be a test before being allowed to run for public office.

Where is this going to go next ?

When Fred Fox is found 'not guilty' what will be this crazy board's next move ?


Sold on Greek....

#1  Whether you call it a deputy superintendent or interim superintendent, $570 per day is the going rate, even here in Erie County. Bill Pahl was the interim superintendent at Berlin-Milan last year and he was paid over $500 per day.  How could the Erie County Superintendent fill in for Fred Fox?  If it were possible for Bill Lally to run both Erie County and Huron City Schools at the same time, then the Huron superintendent position needs to be eliminated and let the taxpayers save money.  In fact, eliminate all administrative positions except for the building principals and let Erie County run the district. 

#2  Thank goodness he is not a "home town boy" or resident of the county.  Perhaps he will focus on running the district instead of juggling the politics.  He should have no reason or need to please a certain family, coach, or board member (past or present) since he has no affiliation with anyone.  Can you imagine a superintendent who can do the job without any threats?

#3  At what point in time was the Donut Shop crowd ever in favor of the "3 Stooges"?

What is next?  Will we continue to attempt to intimidate those individuals who question the practices of Huron Schools administrators and Board Members (past and present)?  ... 

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#1 - When Dick Acerto was the Erie County Super he helped Huron out between Supers. It is not uncommon and if you are having Super problems no one who's official is running the school anyways ? The tail is now wagging the dog and Huron teachers are the only constant. Children will still be educated in the Huron City Schools.

#2 - Sorry TR.. Huron City Schools is all about politics. The whole mess we are discussing is nothing but politics. I wish this person all the luck in the world and hope he is the best thing since sliced toast, but in the end.. he will be just what he is hired to be: an overpaid stand in for the guy who raised the money these jokers are spending.

#3 - Obviously you do not frequent the Donut Shop. First it was get rid of Sowecke.. then it was get rid of Asher and Caporini.. Now it's maybe Asher and Caporini are right ? The politics of the Huron Donut Shop may not mirror the politics of the city, but they are at least an interesting straw poll.

To others posting:
'Allegedly' is the key to this whole mess. Imagine if this was you at your job. Suppose you had friendships that were a result of working with people. Suppose those friendships were noticed by people who work FOR you. Suppose the people that work FOR you decided to gossip about your relationships.

Please think about that.

I don't know what happened with 'Toolgate', but I trust it must not have been anywhere near what has 'allegedly' been gossiped about.

The 'Arizona Trip' Fred Fox took was apparently 'allegedly' reimbursed improperly. Since Fred Fox was on the receiving end, rather than the reimbursing end.. where is Fred Fox's fault here ?

'The Affair' or should I say 'The Alleged Affair'.. again.. NO ONE HAS PROOF that this was anything more than business. Fred Fox was/is her mentor. They are both school administrators.

'Discounted Golf' ..  So what ?

TaxRaider - I still think you work for the school. Who is trying to intimidate people who question practices of these people we are discussing ? If you think our illustrious board of ed members are not getting emails, phone calls and personal visits daily you would be wrong. This is how politics work.

I just hope Huron wins some football games so we can get back to what is really important in our town !


Sold ... unfortunately I am not able to give you specifics because of possible legal actions and criminal charges about who is doing the intimidating and who is being harrassed.  So I risk not being credible. 


 TaxRaider, according to some people on this board, just because some people might get away with wrongdoing, Fox should be able to as well.  Try that the next time you get pulled over for speeding---"but officer, other people are speeding, too!"  See how that works.


Informed ..... If your test scores are high and you are fiscally sound .... do what you want!


Don't you think it is time to stop all of this!  Huron should move on.  Fox should resign...this is just the beginning.  He is sitting pretty getting paid as the litigation begins.  Even if  he fights it and wins it is still a mark on his reputation and his personal record.  He should think of his family and many others involved.  So many have been damaged by this investigation. Stop the madness.  Huron was once a great it will have financial problems again.  Is this what the community really needs.  Or is all about ego.  People who are close to this situation know the turth and it will come many more people need to pay for this? 

Oh come one now...

Seems like those guys at the donut shop are being fed more than just donuts.

Julie R.

Wonder if the SR will put today's story about Kevin Baxter online? Baxter is retiring ..... sort of. He's putting in the paperwork now so he can lock in how much money he'll receive from his pension plan, which otherwise could be greatly reduced if the Ohio House of Representatives approve legislation changing the way the Ohio Public Retirement System works ......... but he has no plans to retire. He'll just be collecting his pension plus his $115,000.00 salary as prosecutor.  Baxter said: "At some point you start evaluating what's best for you."  In other words, I guess what he's trying to say is --- he's looking out for his own best interest. 

Lord Almighty, I could have a field day on THAT!


I would like to see the Sandusky Register request a copy of the hiring agreement with this Deputy Superintendent. There has to be some agreement between the HCS Board and this gentleman. It would have to have been voted on in public session. The agreement will detail all the compensation beyond just the daily about things like living expense in Huron since he is residing in Woodmore/Elmore area, things like mileage compensation, health insurance etc.


This has to be public recored and it should be made known in full to all the school district tax payers.

Tsu Dho Nimh


They voted on the hiring before the public last Tuesday.  It is not required that they disclose all of the details at the board meeting. If you are interested in the entire compensation package, request it from the board office.  It is your right to do so.


I was doing some figuring and at $570 a day that translates to:


           $ 570 a day

           $ 2850 a week (based on 5 working days)

          $ 148, 200 per year salary (based on 52 weeks in a year)

   Ran the yearly salary thru the ODE website for superintendent pay and this gentleman is the highest paid superintendent in Erie County. Actually. in this case he is only the Deputy Superintendent not the Superintendent and their was no numbers for an assistant superintendent or deputy superintendent on the website.

   At that salary I hope he is paying for his own travel costs from his home in Sandusky County to Huron.

   Wondering if the Board policies have to be changed as this is an entirely new position so for him to do this or that according to Board policy it would need to be spelled out that the deputy superintendent can do this or that according to policy?