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.



 Tax, apparently that is exactly the thought processes some people have.  Let me remind them, it's not Fox that made the district finacially sound--it's the Huron WINS committee and the taxpayers the finally voted for the levy that made the district financially sound.  The district would have even more money if not for all the grievances the teachers have won because Fox constantly tried to underhandedly violate the contract.

Oh, and Sold, despite the fact that Fox's job requires him to work at various hours, he is still responsible to be working during school hours unless he has the day off!

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold.....Arizona Trip - Fred Fox does not authorize his own reimbursment so I would be looking elsewhere to place blame if in fact there is a problem with reimbursement.

I think someone has publicly questioned the board members who authorized this reimbursement.  Three of them put their names out in a public forum acknowledging that they approved the non-reimbursable expenses.

I actually agree with you.  Sounds like three people need some kind of consequence to their involvement in this mess.  "Mr. Fox had already purchased his own plane ticket so we thought the extra days would offset that and we should pay such.  Mr. Caporini, Mrs. Bulea and I are all in agreement that was the plan."

There is no excuse for a board member NOT to know their own board policy.

Oh come one now...

When exactly did Caparini/Asher/Beula approve this?  Was it in a meeting?  Did the other two even know about it?

Tsu Dho Nimh

I honestly believe Slocum and Green were unaware of this because professional development fund usage does not need to be approved in a meeting. My understanding when talking to teachers and administrators in other districts, there would be a fund earmarked for professional development.  All a teacher or administrator has to do is submit a request with documentation of professional development prior to the event, the supervisor either approves/rejects the request and the treasurer verifies that the money is available.  I think the woman's point who questioned the board at the July meeting was why were the funds misused to pay unrelated conference expenses.

Fred Fox may have not approved his expenses but as a man who runs a school district he should have known that the expenses were not permitted and he was ultimately the one who cashed the check.

What would happen if the federal government accidentally paid a person $10,000 when the check should have been $1,000?  Folks have paid hefty penalties for cashing checks in my example.

Oh come one now...

Why the heck didn't he just submit the receipt for the plane ticket for reimbursement along with only expenses related to the conference?  Something is missing here.

Tsu Dho Nimh

They told the community that Mr. Fox was paying for his own airfare prior to the trip.  The info was used for positive publicity.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Why the snide remark about Ms. Von Thron?  A low blow even for you SOLD.

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Not snide at all. Just wondering. After all, it was Fred Fox who gave Ms. Von Thron a chance to be an administrator.

I am just simply wondering if Ms. Von Thron is studying to be a superintendent. Simple.

And to others: I have no problem with Tanni Von Thron or her work. I do however have a problem with what it was reported that she said. Go back and read it in the Markling report. She states as to Fred Fox's demeanor and his shiftiness. I do not believe that Ms. Von Thron has ever been accredited as a behavioral scientist ?

Why did Tanni Von Thron go so far out on a limb to give minute details about Fred Fox's demeanor ? I am just curious and know that no one here can give me that answer.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sounds like you need a vacation, SOLD.

just ice

Is Sold actually Fox?  The agendas are the same.  Deflect blame and go after others, anything to take the heat off the issue at hand.


I wonder if the Fremont principal's resignation has anything to do with Fox's hands-on style of mentoring.


Just ice say-

If you are wondering...why don't you just ask her?   Or maybe her spouse or kids?

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This is rediculous. Who, what, where was 'personally attacked' in my comments ?

**(Although it is always fun to see when you hit a nerve here..)**


Tsu Dho Nimh

It's either Fox or the spouse of our former board member.  He says he's not but sure defends both of their actions.

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Interesting commentary going on here. 
All about me instead of the Huron Board of Education wasting time and money ?

If I were Fred Fox I think I would argue the points slightly differently. I would start by attempting to debunk the emails and go into detai,l because I would be familier with them because I wrote them. I, on the other hand, have not gone into great detail as I have heard from 'the source' that the emails were nothing. If you remember, I also have said that company email should not be used for personal reasons. Does that sound like Fred Fox ?

I am definately not Nancy Bulea.. lol.. or her husband, although I do know them. In fact, I have never defended Nancy Bulea, Asher and Caporini about the 'Arizona Trip' reimbursements except to say that I KNOW these people would not intentionally do anything that was not board policy.The three of them put together have not got it in them to break a rule/law/policy. It is the treasurer's job to keep them between the lines on issues such as this.

And TDN..  I'm retired. No need for vacations here. Every day is a vacation !

Tsu Dho Nimh are one of the few people who have their posts removed.  Gee, maybe you are reporting yourself in order to look like a target.  Maybe I'll have Markling investigate your

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You know TDN...
By now you know a little bit about me..
Just as I know a bit about you..

You are funny ! Really.

But.. the truth is I have never.. ever reported anyone including myself. I don't even remember what I said. I used to copy and save what I wrote on here but it was filling up my memory.. lol

I've been deleted for mentioning a coach and his son.

I've been deleted for talking about hardware prices in Huron..

I've been deleted for defending the good name of a friend who did not deserve his life being put on public display for speculation..

But.. TDN.. I've never been deleted for anything I've said about you.. lol

Tsu Dho Nimh

Welcome home, Sold!