Huron board OKs two resolutions relating to Fox investigation

School board members met behind closed doors Saturday morning to discuss legal issues surrounding the Fred Fox investigation and the Kevin Asher lawsuit.
Jessica Cuffman
Aug 27, 2012

School board members met behind closed doors Saturday morning to discuss legal issues surrounding the Fred Fox investigation and the Kevin Asher lawsuit.

The Huron Schools board of education and two attorneys met for an hour and 45 minutes while eight people waited to see whether they'd take any formal action after their discussion.

By a vote of 3 to 2, they did approve two resolutions, one to rescind a motion passed at their regular August meeting and the other to approve a new version of that motion.

The move clarified the board's approval to waive attorney-client privilege, so three law firms can share information regarding the investigation and the lawsuit.

McGown and Markling conducted the investigation into allegations made against superintendent Fred Fox, which ultimately lead the board to initiate termination proceedings against him and to place him on paid leave June 19.

The law firm will now be able to share that investigation with Spengler, Nathanson and Hanna, as well as Campbell and Powell, two other law firms playing roles in the investigation and the lawsuit.

The board also approved language to allow the investigation to be shared with the Ohio Ethics Commission and any of that agency's investigators.

Board members have said the investigation already was delivered to the ethics commission.

In past meetings, the board also voted to send the investigation to the state auditor and the state board of education.

Spokesmen for both those agencies have told the Register they can neither confirm, nor deny whether they received the investigation or if they are otherwise investigating Fox.

Board president Scott Slocum said after Saturday's meeting the board chose to meet then because that's when each of the attorneys needed for the discussion could be present.

He declined to comment on the status of the termination proceedings the board voted earlier this year to initiate against Fox.

Fox is accused of having an improper business relationship with Kalahari Resorts CEO Todd Nelson, evidenced by Fox accepting discounted rooms, free golf and other alleged gifts when visiting the business' Wisconsin Dells resort.

Board member Kevin Asher filed a lawsuit against the board of education to keep the district from paying the $50,000 bill from McGown and Markling.

He alleges the report is biased and slanted purposefully against Fox.

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Gobucks085 -

While I'm in complete agreement with you about Mr. Caporini's temper and the firing of people who have never had documentary discipline, I have to strongly disagree with the title of Business Mgr you have bestowed on such an unbusinesslike person as Mr. Caporini's lacky... lol

Just as Tim Sowecke's running of the probably soon to be defunked hardware business, how can we compare the way that school board members run their businesses to the way they allow the school's business to be run ? lol OMG..

At some point the people in Huron have to become aware that they weren't willing to take on these school board positions, but possibly they should have done a little more checking before casting, or not even casting their votes.

All registered, and those not registered but able to be, voters in Huron need to share the blame for this situation. They put these people in power either by voting, or not.

Perhaps now the Huron Board of Education has their attention ?

This entire episode is indictive of a much bigger problem which is voter apathy.

The hundreds of thousands of dollars of Huron property tax dollars being spent on this should get someone's attention ?

I only wish I would have had this many dollars to waste in my business as I would have chosen to waste it in Las Vegas instead of attempting to get rid of a person who knows more about schools and education than the whole Huron School Board knows collectively. 

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Justme-

You, and the rest only know what you have read in an unpaid for, illegally presented report.

I am definately not the one, (all), being played here, but thank you for your consideration !

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Justme-

You, and the rest only know what you have read in an unpaid for, illegally presented report.

I am definately not the one, (all), being played here, but thank you for your consideration !

(Justme - You really don't have too much to say and just seem to like to egg things on so I'm not going to waste too much time on you. I doubt that you even live in Huron and if you do I'm going to make some assumptions about your ties to this mess next.)

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Justme-

Not an inaccuracy in my 'story'. It's history, not a 'story'.

OK.. The Huron School's were 'under state control'. I guess in your world, (unlike the real world), that does not mean bankruptcy ?

I NEVER once said that the success of the Huron Schools financially or educationally was entirely because of Fred Fox. And actually, what I said was 'there were a lot of spokes in the wheel that rolled the Huron Schools back to successful' and one of those spokes was Fred Fox.

Spin my comments any way you would like to, but I will stand behind what I said.

Fred Fox was not alone, but the only constants in our school's history are Fred Fox, John Caporini, the teachers and the support staff. Add to that a constant flow of students and their parents and you have the whole 'wheel'.

The only thing you know about Fred Fox's ethics are what you read in a totally slanted, illegal report. Maybe.. Just maybe you should look closer at the Huron City Schools and Fred Fox before you form an opinion ? Talk to Fred Fox. He's available as he is not working. Form your opinion directly from Fred Fox. Not what you read..

Julie R.

If McGown and Markling were hired to do an investigation into the alleged wrongdoings of Fred Fox, where is Kevin Asher and his Murray attorney coming from when they say the report is biased and slanted purposefully against Fox? Who do they think it was supposed to be slanted against --- John Doe or Jane Smith? Doesn't make a bit of sense. 

wiredmama222

Julie,  I think they mean the board did it on PURPOSE to get rid of Fox.   Just to get rid of him. They  made it look worse than it was.

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Wiredmama222-

You hit the nail on the head. The Markling report was not only slanted, it was down right libel. It became libel when Tim Sowecke hand delivered it to Columbus, (I wonder if he asked to be re-imbursed for his gas ?)

Markling was asked to look into the 'alegations' when he volunteered to do 10 hours of free work for the Huron Board of Education. He then came back with a huge pile of crap and wanted $50,000 for it.

At this point, Markling has yet to be paid and Huron's taxpayers should be there to make sure it never is paid for.

Markling is a hired assasin, but illegally hired... lol

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At this point I haven't said all I know, but I've said all I am going to share.

Attack me and what I have said all you want, but when the axe falls.. it will not be on Fred Fox's neck.

Get ready for the shock all of you who think that Fred Fox is some type of criminal. Fred Fox is exactly the opposite of that, but soon there are people in Huron who will find out who is REALLY running the district.

The gossip will continue because it is Huron. And it is not the Huron Register, it's the Sandusky Register, so don't expect the Register to come to Huron's School's aid any time soon. They will continue to try to find stories such as these to take shots at the little 'rich' town down the road.

And I will be here reading, watching, listening and remembering and fighting for Huron's kids.

As I wrote before: Try to find two people who have done more for Huron's Schools and the City of Huron than Todd Nelson and Fred Fox. Way to shoot our town in the foot Tim Sowecke, Donna Greene and Scott Slocum.

I wish I had been in that meeting on Saturday. I understand the lawyers were even sitting with Caporini and Asher.

Figure it out people.

donutshopguy

 Why do Mr. Caporini and Mr. Asher continue to vote against any means of sharing information to resloving this issue?

What are you two hiding?

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Donutshopguy -

Where ya been, pal ?

At this point, my H-Team friend, if they asked that board to vote on whether white was black it would be 3-2. What you are seeing is a totally disfunctional board caused by three members going beyond their scope of office to get Fred Fox.

It's only going to get better and when it is all over and the dust settles I hope you continue to help Huron's kids. The general public would not believe how many kids live in Huron and are in need of financial or paternal help. Not in Huron ?

Actually the truth is at this point Caporini and Asher have the least to hide on this board.

7 attorneys involved in this mess. Even an even tempered fellow like yourself has got to be getting heated over the money ?

donutshopguy

 I think it is totally disfunctional due to all five members. No one gets a free ride on this. If the community wants to get passed this issue all board member should step down and Mr. Fox should go with them.  That was easy.

Why wouldn't Mr. Caporini and Mr. Asher not want all the information shared with everyone?  They are all acting like spoiled brats.

None of these individuals effect my life or my involvement with kids. 

 

catlover

Mr. Donut,,, I hope you didn't get your grammar education from Huron Schools!!!

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Donutshopguy-

While in theory, I agree with what you have said, although that action would not justify what has happened here.

Mr. Caporini and Mr. Asher were against hiring Markling for 10 'free' hours.

Mr. Caporini and Mr. Asher were against making this whole scandal public.

Mr. Caporini and Mr. Asher did the only thing they had in their power to do: Vote No

Tim Sowecke, on his own, hand delivered the document that made this all public. I say on his own because even Donna Greene and Scott Slocum had no idea Tim Sowecke was going to do this.

I won't even get into Tim Sowecke's motivation for doing this, but he has effectively cost the Huron Public Schools possibly millions for his actions.

Donutshopguy.. You are a good man who has done a lot for kids that are not even your own. So has Fred Fox. Please put yourself in Fred Fox's shoes just for a moment. He and his family didn't deserve this.

donutshopguy

Sold,

 If Mr. Caporini and Mr. Asher wanted to make all the information avaliable to all, why did they vote against the resolutions that pertain to that situation in the Saturday board meeting?

Just don't buy your spin.

I would not put my family in this situation.  I have sympathy for his wife and children.  Not Mr. Fox.

Mr. Fox works for the public and situations like this become public record. Mr. Fox knew this possibility when he took the job unless he is less intelligent than I believe.

Past practice in Huron is to bury a similar situation.  Guess the majority of the school board didn't get the message how things are normally handled in Huron.

This could be a good thing for the future.

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DonutShopGuy-

Caporini and Asher have nothing to hide. Seriously.

The two 3-2 votes are just as I described to you earlier. 3-2 is what it's going to be no matter what the vote at this moment. It is dysfunctional. But.. 3 is a majority so business will still get done.

I agree that putting his family in this situation is Fred Fox's fault and he admits to making a mistake that he wish he could take back, but cannot. It is what it is.

This whole situation DID NOT NEED to become public record. This board never even reprimanded Fred Fox ?

And thanks for the laugh about past practice.. There are two cases of teachers in Huron actually ending up making it legal with 'past' students. I could go on and on, but the truth is here that Fred Fox screwed up. At least it wasn't with a student. If it were I would be on the other side of this arguement right now.

Brick Hamland

The report could have been positive in favor of Fred Fox, considering before he came to town the school system was close to a receivership and nearly bankrupt. Sounds like some of the board members are on a witch hunt against Fox. Moreover, having a relationship with Mr. Nelson, who by the way basicall funded the stadium renovation project, doesn't seem like a bad thing to me. I thought I read he had donated $500K to the stadium project, now they want to throw him and Fox under the bus... hope he doesn't donate any more money and the community realizes which board members wanted to take shots at Nelson and Fox.

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Brick-

The report could not have been more slanted even reporting the fact that if people had nothing bad to say the 'reporters' had no interest in them.

Find two people, especially on the school board, who have done more for the Huron City Schools and the City of Huron than Todd Nelson and Fred Fox.

**(In fact.. If you are reading this, ask yourself what you have done in comparison ? Not you, Brick.. the rest of our citizens who are so quick to find blame with nothing but allegations).

(A hint: You will not find them)

The board members, and their co-conspiritors will get theirs in the end even if it takes until the afterlife.

Julie R.

@wiredmama222: We can agree to disagree. Unlike the idiot Murman Report that was done on purpose to get rid of Kim Nuesse, I do not believe for one second the Huron board did this on purpose to get rid of Fred Fox. They had some pretty serious allegations against Fred Fox and only time will tell if the allegations were warranted.  My opinion ---- they were.  

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Julie R -

Write this down: Fred Fox will not be found guilty of anything. He WILL BE given his job back and he WILL BE apologized to.. Publicly.

Include this too:
This whole mess was created by a smear campaign led by Tim Soweke and Donna Greene and endorsed by Scott Slocum. They asked Attorney Markling to look into the situation when Markling offered 10 free hours and Markling turned it into a $50,000 report that was done in a manner that would have made Mother Theresa look bad.

Then.. Tim Soweke, (acting on his own because a school board member is only a school board member when sitting at a conveined board meeting), physically took the Markling report to the Ohio Ethics Committee, thus making the Markling report a public document. You, and I, wouldn't even know about the 'alleged' transgressions if Tim Sowecke did not do this on his own. This should have all been handled by the Ohio Ethics Commission and not been leaked to the public until something was decided.

So.. The 3 Stooges who make up a majority of the Huron Board of Education have attempted to publicly smear Fred Fox and HAVE DONE SO ILLEGALLY !

IF YOU READ ALL THAT HAS BEEN PRINTED on here, or in the Sandusky Register, you would know all of this. But.. As most who just love to see someone else in more misery than than themselves would take from this.. Let's hang Fred Fox.

THE TRUTH IS: Fred Fox is the victim here. He and his family.

Tim Sowecke.. Donna Greene.. and Scott Slocum created this whole mess and believe me.. There will be consequences. But not for Fred Fox. (That is if you do not count what this mess has done to his name and credibility.)

So.. Attack me and what I am telling you all you want, but when the smoke has cleared.. You can say you read it here first.

PS - You are entitled to your opinion, but I wish you would learn more about what is really going on before you form it.

gobucks085

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Justme...

Sold I'm starting to feel sorry for you.  You are being played.

Sit n Spin

I see that the Fremont Administrator has purchased a house with her "husband" in Perkins Township after her resignation.  They must want to be closer to the Fox's "mentoring" session's....now the Fox doesn't have to travel so far to play in the hen house !  What a sweet couple they are to accommodate the Fox like that !

P.S. Sold.....You never did tell me how you like your crow served ;)  I like mine plucked, broiled, smothered with a buttery hollandaise sauce and a bottle of chianti to wash it down but somehow I don't believe I will be dining on such a magnificent feast :D  

partyboy

Sit and Spin~

You must be a real fool to post something so ridiculous regarding a purchase of a home.  Really what diffrence does it make..people need to get on with their lives. Maybe you should too!

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Spinner-

You are actually funny... No really... lol

She's from Perkins and the 'affair' is over so maybe they moved closer to a marriage counsoler ?

Gardenman

Certainly is a lot of money spent and not sure how I see any of it spent to educate children. I look at the $50,000 along as homes paying it. To me on the tax duplicate that translate to about 38 homes in Huron have school taxes going to the legal expense as we know it right now. Not a penny of that money will make kids smarter, given them help in their classwork, provide them more innovative technology to compete in the workforce upon graauation, give them more up to date textbooks.....not a penney. To me its all going t line the pockets of attorneys who don't even live in Huron, pay not a dime of school tax to Huron but are just feeding on we local taxpayers.

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Gardenman-

You are right on the 'money' except the money being spent on lawyers at this point is more like hundreds of thousands. The $50,000 is the proverbial 'drop in the bucket'.

Not one of the 7 attornies that I count lives in Huron. Maybe Murray ?

And all of this because two board members saw an opportunity to rid themselves and their friends of the guy who has been standing in their way for a while.

Fred Fox will be back, but the damage to the school system and Huron property owners will go on for a while.

Do any of these Huron Board members even know they are in the business of educating Huron's children ?

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold...your wife made it to the meeting so that is close enough.  As far as who was sitting with whom, during the public session both attorneys sat in the front row.  Where they sat during the executive session, who knows and why does it matter.  Everyone had to sit by someone. I'm sure Caporini updated his former collegue after the meeting : )  Besides, isn't executive session private?  Information discussed behind closed doors is supposed to be kept behind closed doors.

Donut...I'm with you.  Why wouldn't two members want the information to be shared among the attorneys?  I would think it would be helpful in determining the truth.  It sounds like they are afraid of the truth.

 

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TDN-

I am not Craig Bulea... lol

My wife has very BLACK hair... lol

She was definately NOT at the Board meeting.

You are still stuck on Caporini and Asher not wanting info shared and it is exactly the opposite. The 3 Stooges now DEFINATELY do not want Caporini and Asher to share with the public what the 3 Stooges have ACTUALLY done here.

My reference to executive session seating was all about 'posturing' and what is actually going on at this point. The lawyers want nothing to do with the 3 Stooges as the 3 Stooges have totally screwed up in how they went about defaming Fred Fox.

Fred Fox and his family are the victims here. I remember Bill Clinton being in a similar situation. The whole country forgave him because basicly.. THE GUY WAS DOING HIS JOB and the extraciricular was his business.

You have it all wrong. Caporini and Asher are not trying to keep the lawyers from sharing information in fact they want it shared.

Remember TDN, you read it here.. Not on the front page of the Repeater... er... Register.

Darwin's choice

Gardenman..................GREAT post ! 

Gardenman

As I remember this playing out several months ago...........the least experienced Board member on the School Board goes to Columbus to Ohio School Board Association Conference. Like all conferences there are row after row of exhibitors in the convention hall all marketing their wares......in this case the law firm Huron Boad of Education used. They promote 10 FREE hours of legal service. So back comes the novice Board member thinking he has discovered the best thing since the refrigerator ice maker and its all FREE too.

So 3 of the 5 members bite and now we have a $50,000 bill from the law firm who gave us the 10 FREE hours of legal service and the taxpayers are paying two superintendents, chaos in the schools, and no end in sight for a resolution or how much this entire mess is going to cost us.  Yep those 10 FREE hours were a steal. Any wonder why other school systems in Erie County did not fall for this......they are experienced and are not taken in by 10 FREE hours of legal advice. Come next OSBA Conference though there will be others just like Huron Board who will fall for the deal from this law firm...otherwise they would not be there year are year. Huron Board certainly paid for their time and space to exhibit.

A+ for the law firm they found just what they were looking for at the OSBA Conference and F for HCS Board of Education who fell for the scam. I can hardly wait to see what the Board member brings back from the next conference he attends.

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Gardenman-

You replayed what happened at the Ohio School Board Convention so vividly I could see it running like a movie in my head.

Would accepting the 10 'free' hours of legal work be considered a worse offense than accepting discounted golf ?

Tmm

re Gardenman 

don't forget to mention that in the meantime Fox was having "lunch" in Fremont instead of doing his job.

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Tmm-

Don't forget that Fred Fox actually DOES get a lunch. Do you ? Are you governed as to what to do on that lunch ?

Put yourself in Fred Fox's shoes before you condemn him. The 'affair' is Fred Fox and his family's business and should have stayed that way. Tim Sowecke took care of the publicity.

wiredmama222

If this ISN"T a witch hunt, then why did that board in Huron take such pains to run down to the State board and HAND DELIVER that report? Why did they cut off the investigation so abruptly before it was completed? Half a report isn't a report at all, is it?

I don't get any of this. Maybe I am not supposed to as I live in another city and none of my family ever lived in Huron nor attended school there.

It just seems to me that this school board is acting like a bunch with a "grudge". Why did this "suddenly" appear after that field got built? Why so "quickly"?

If their were this many problems with the superintendent, were there warning shots fired from the board to him prior to this? If the problems were ongoing, did he get reprimands from the board prior to this huge explosion? If not, why not?

See, I told you I didn't get it. I don't see how a board could let things get this bad without discussing these problems much quicker than this before letting them get to this state? It makes no sense.

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Mama -

Once again you've hit the nail on the head.

NO REPRIMANDS ? Why ?

Three members of the Huron Board of Education jumped on this faster than flies on certain poster's words.

This is all about things that happened in the course of Fred Fox doing his job.

The board is in trouble now. They have done everything they can to screw Fred Fox and publicly to try to get public opinion on their side.

It will all come out in the wash, Mama !

Huron_1969

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the "whole country" did not forgive Bill Clinton. He disgraced his office and position, just as Fox disgraced his. Both are now punch lines and easy fodder for jokes. This is not what we expect or deserve from our leaders. You can spin this anyway you want (which seems to be endless) but the bottom line is Fox brought this on all by himself

Justme...

Give Sold a break.  He's being played.

Justme...

Give Sold a break.  He's being played.

Huron_1969

or "Sold Out"

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Huron_1969-

I am going to assume from your posts that you have personally never made a mistake ?

Am also going to assume if you graduated in 1969 that you are connected in a way that is so totally 'sold out' that I can't begin to describe it here because I will be deleted by you and your 'sold out' friends.

Or.. If I assume you were born in 1969 I would say you're not old enough to remember some of the actions that lead to this attack on Fred Fox.

Either way your opinion is tainted.

I do not disagree about the disgracing the 'office' but if you have never been in a position such as Fred Fox's I guess you also would not understand that he is actually a person just like you or me.. and as a person he is prone to make mistakes.

Sorry that you are on such a lofty post that you are in a position to make decisons on the morals of others. Actually I am sorry for all of those that you judge as you are so un-judgable.

Have you ever heard/read: Judge not or you'll be judged ?

Here's some judging: What Tim Sowecke did in 'hiring' Markling and then hand delivering a document that would allow you and others like you to judge a man who has done so much more for kids than you ever dreamed of.. That is unforgivable and also criminal.

Sorry about the lawsuits that are going to involve your former classmate in legal issues for years to come.

And we'll see how many forget what the 3 Stooges have done to the Huron City Schools, the City of Huron and the reputation of one good man.

You 'sell' yourself short with your childish posts 69...

Justme...

Sold down the river. Just another victom.

Huron_1969

Sold, my family moved here in 1969 and I graduated in 74 with Fred. Even though I have never been part of the in crowd or good 'ol boys club, I had a terrific time in school and ever since. I also thought it was great when Fred became the superintendent since he was a fellow classmate. Also, you may recall when all this started I was one of the early posters suggesting a petition to recall the board. Then more information came out and I ate a healthy portion of crow.

Mistakes?  I try to keep my daily limit below 10 or so. When I mess up, I'm man enough to admit it and take responsibility

I have proudly lived in Huron for over 43 years and am very involved in the community and along the way I have paid mucho dollars in real estate and income taxes. Nothing lofty in thinking we all deserve better leadership and have been "Sold Out" by Fox.

Keep the spin coming, we all know you will

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Huron_1969-

Good to learn more about you and to hear that you at least believed in Fred Fox before the 'infamous' Markling report came out.

We have not been 'sold out' by Fred Fox. Fred Fox made a mistake and has more than paid for that mistake already. Being publicly outed in front of God and your family is pretty stiff punishment.

This board of education should have handled the Fred Fox situation by giving him at least a reprimand. He's never even had that. He's had raises and praises but never anything resembling a reprimand ?

I'm sure I know you and you're not Chris Whector... lol. I want to reason with you and others on here and try to get you all to see that I am not the one 'spinning' the information here. The information was spun by an attorney 'hired' to do 10 free hours who then turned in a $50,000 report that was so entirely slanted that it was even printed in the report that if someone had nothing incriminating to say that it wasn't worth including what they had to say in the report.

We do deserve better leadership, but so does Fred Fox. Look what his 'leaders/superiors' have done ?

Your earlier suggestion to recall this board may soon become a reality. One member of this board took it upon himself to totally smear Fred Fox publicly and by doing so he actually committed several crimes. They are civil in nature, but crimes none the less.

Fred Fox has done his job.

Fred Fox will be back at work as superintendent of the Huron City Schools and a year from now no one except Tim Sowecke will even remember this happened. Sowecke will have a constant reminder every time he has a court date.

ps.. Thank you for being candid !

Common Sense

Re:  Sold

Your have provided a strong support for Mr. Fox. However, there are two questions that I believe you would be hard pressed to answer.

1.)  Don't forget that Fred Fox actually DOES get a lunch. Do you ? Are you governed as to what to do on that lunch ?  

I do get a lunch and, as an area educator, I am required to sign out should I leave the building for whatever reason.  It is a matter of accountabiity.  The report, however, indicates that Fred Fox frequently left the building with an excuse that was a lie.  That lie even included one of his staff members unwillingly.  Although the actions during my lunch are not governed, I make certain I return within the limit of my lunch period.  He may be the superintendent, but he sets the course for the rest of the district.

2.)  This is all about things that happened in the course of Fred Fox doing his job.

I believe that it is difficult for many to bellieve that it was necessary for Fred Fox to spend as much time as he did working with the former administrator at the other school district.  The report tells us what was accomplished off the clock. What should we think he did with his time while on the clock???

 

Common Sense

Re:  Sold

Your have provided a strong support for Mr. Fox. However, there are two questions that I believe you would be hard pressed to answer.

1.)  Don't forget that Fred Fox actually DOES get a lunch. Do you ? Are you governed as to what to do on that lunch ?  

I do get a lunch and, as an area educator, I am required to sign out should I leave the building for whatever reason.  It is a matter of accountabiity.  The report, however, indicates that Fred Fox frequently left the building with an excuse that was a lie.  That lie even included one of his staff members unwillingly.  Although the actions during my lunch are not governed, I make certain I return within the limit of my lunch period.  He may be the superintendent, but he sets the course for the rest of the district.

2.)  This is all about things that happened in the course of Fred Fox doing his job.

I believe that it is difficult for many to bellieve that it was necessary for Fred Fox to spend as much time as he did working with the former administrator at the other school district.  The report tells us what was accomplished off the clock. What should we think he did with his time while on the clock???

 

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Common Sense-

You do have it... Common sense that is.

The superintendent may set the course for the rest of the district, but no where is it written what, where, how, or how long his/her lunch period involves.

Fred Fox's accomplishments are more than well documented. The school system WAS ENTIRELY IN STATE RECEIVERSHIP WHEN HE CAME !

Three teachers RAN the school district.

I can go on, but why ? Fred Fox has accomplished more in his tenure at Huron than most superintendents do in a career. Two careers.

You have common sense. Fred Fox had an affair. Fred Fox made a mistake. There was absolutely no reason to make the details of the EVENT public in an organization that is run LIKE A BUSINESS because IT IS A BUSINESS !

The Huron Board of Education has an obligation to keep the district running and educating children. They are also the biggest employer in Huron.

Why would Fred Fox be treated unlike any other Huron City School employee and instead of reprimanding him for what they absolutely know, they actually made things up in order to completely smear him and try to win the public's approval ?

How far will this board go ?

Would you work for them knowing what you know ?

I am a retired business owner who has paid plenty of Huron property taxes. I do not appreciate the way this board is handling my money !

Fred Fox has more than paid for his bad decision. The Free to $50,000 Markling report was nothing more than a public caneing thanks to Mr. Tim Sowecke and friends.

Now what is it that you have that requires him to forfeit his career ?

Tsu Dho Nimh

Wired Mamma...the reason the report was abruptly stopped is because board vice-president John Caporini informed the law firm to stop it immediatley. 

You cannot just send or hand deliver information to the ethics commission because you want to.  First, the commission is contacted, usuallly by phone, and the situation is discussed with one of its investigators.  This person will determine if it is something they are concerned with.  If so, the investigator sends out an allegation form and once completed, the person filing the allegation returns the form with any evidence.  I am assuming that Mr. Sowecke delivered it himself to make sure it was received and not lost in the mail.

McGown and Markling are not going to compromise their integrity by giving Tim Sowecke  a made-to-order report.  Check out their website.  They are a reputable law firm that specializes in this area of school law.  The board's regular legal council does not typically deal with this type of investigation and could not be unbiased as they have established a relationship with all parties involved.  I find it reasonable to believe that Brickler and Eckler referred the board to McGown.

The emails alone without the Markling report is very incriminating and would be of interest to the OEC.  Fred Fox definitely made some choices that need investigating.

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TDN -

I am becoming an expert on revisionist history just by reading your posts.

Caporini did not stop the Markling report. Caporini AND Asher stopped a 'free' attorney from charging the district $50,000. Simple. Digest it and then come back.

Brickler and Eckler DID NOT REFER the board to McGowen and Markling. Brickler and Eckler would not touch this mess. You need to read an earlier post which describes how Markling got involved. The post reads like the writer was actually there. Tim Sowecke 'hired', wait.. Tim Sowecke bullied Slocum and Greene into accepting 10 'free' hours of Markling's work. The ten 'free' hours turned into $50,000 and that is where Caporini and Asher have a problem.

To say the Markling report is not slanted just proves to me that you are NOT dealing with reality any more. The report itself states when a 'testimonial' does not meet the required level of Fred Fox bashing that the person was either hiding something, or the person had nothing to say. Even you could read this TDN. It was not hidden.

I am stating absolutely with no doubt that Tim Sowecke hand delivered the Markling report to the Ethics Commission thus making it a public document. Do not be delusional and think this story is made up. He did it. He did it for a reason. He did it without the board's approval or even the boards knowledge. He did it as Tim Sowecke 'citizen' because if he is not sitting in an authorized board of education meeting he is not a board member.

You seem to be as determined as Tim Sowecke to get Fred Fox ? What exactly did Fred Fox do to you ?

I agree with you that Fred Fox made some decisions that need to be investigated, but if what Fred Fox did was so terrible, why didn't the board just fire him ? Three treasurers ago the man was fired. It didn't take a public lynching to do it ? You should have seen what the board had on him. But.. In the interest of the WHOLE school system it was deemed prudent to let him go quietly.

Do you think if this board actually had something on Fred Fox that it would have hesitated to fire him ? Think about this before you revise some more facts !

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and TDN -

Attorney Markling is receiving so much 'bad press' because of his handling of this that I would not be surprised to see him waive his $50,000 fee.

Stay tuned..

CAST THE FIRST STONE

These school supers all act like they are above all others. You see them at coffee shops..malls..resturaunts all on school time. Not just Fox i know others from my brother being a area principal. Most wasted money in school system. There should be 1 per county so they have enough to do instead of having affairs and golf outings.. Those are facts not guessing

 

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Cast Stone-

While in theory your suggestion may work in smaller counties and actually makes sense.

There is a sense of competition among county superintendents and their salaries are actually even set by the other salaries in their counties.

Some would say we have too many principals, too !

2sense

 Looks like kalahari was very generous to the school in general

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2sense-

Kalahari is the number one biggest property tax payer in Huron !

Not even mentioning the stadium renovation Kalahari and Todd Nelson have worked very hard and given plenty to be treated like this.

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There is a real world out there, people.

In that world there is a correct way to handle every situation.

I have never 'spun' this event. I don't have to. There are facts:

1)  Fred Fox made a bad decision and had an affair.

2)  The Huron Board of Education DID NOT reprimand Fred Fox for having an affair.

3)  The Huron Board of Education has NEVER reprimanded Fred Fox for anything.

4)  Fred Fox traveled on school related business and was reimbursed for his travel.

5)  Upon finding that a portion of his reimbursement was not justified, Fred Fox paid that portion back.

6)  Attorney Markling was asked to provide 10 'free' hours of his time to look into the decisions of Fred Fox.

7)  Attorney Markling came back with a $50,000 report that was so slanted it would have made Jesus Christ look suspicious if it was a report on him.

8)  The Markling report stated when 'interviewees' had nothing bad to say about Fred Fox.

9)  Tim Sowecke, (Huron board member, but not at the time as there was no meeting going on), took it upon himself to hand deliver the Markling report to some state agency thus making the report a 'public' document.

10)  Huron Board of Education members John Caporini and Kevin Asher attempted to stop the payment of $50,000 for the Markling report as it was not 'officially' ordered by the Huron Board of Education.

11)  Speculation caused by the Markling report has caused Fred Fox's reputation and work ethic to be questioned by the public.

12)  Kevin Asher, acting as a citizen, filed an injunction to stop the Huron Board of Education from paying $50,000 for the unauthorized Markling report.

13)  Fred Fox has not been fired.

I can go on and on, but why ? You, hopefully, get the picture. Fred Fox is totally the victim here and I know some of you find it appalling that I say that, but if you were in his shoes you may think otherwise.

So.. Go ahead and attack me and what I say because you like the majority of the Huron Board of Education's story better. It is more sensational.

But.. If you go through the facts, (and there are plenty more, but I do not want to taint any future legal procedings with my words), you are going to find that anyone with any common sense knows that some of what Fred Fox has been 'accused' of doing may be regretable, but not cause for him to lose his career.

Has the football team won any games yet ?

betweenlines

 You seem to have changed your tune sold..I thought he was "mentoring" the principal. Now you admit it was an affair!?!? Did you ever consider that during this affair he stopped doing his job? Maybe he wasn't available because he was busy doing something else? Do you really think he would have gone quietly? I wish he would have. It would have saved the community a lot of money. It's not too late...nothing is stopping him from dropping it all and walking away. Fred did a great job at one time but unfortunately he isn't anymore and he needs to go.

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Betweenlines-

My stance has always been there is no solid proof of an affair. I decided to give this one to critics and those of you who really need some reason to hold onto this whole mess. So... What if there was an affair ? Take that out of the equation and what do you have ?

So you have decided that Fred Fox has not been doing his job. Why was he not EVER reprimanded by the people who's opinion REALLY counts ?

I did not notice any problems with the school system due to Fred Fox's affair. Did you ? Could you list them ? Just so I know what was really going on and how the system suffered due to Fred Fox being distracted. Did the tax dollars from Kalahari stop flowing in ? Oh wait.. Was there a discount to the tax dollars in return for discounted golf ?

Maybe we should ruin someone's career and reputation today. After all he is pesky and keeps us from getting what we want when we want it. What do you think ?

Isn't it ridiculous when you say it out loud, Betweenlines ?

Why would Fred Fox just walk away from the job he earned ? Because you think it's appropriate ? Run for the school board and you can make decisions like these, BetweenLines ! Oh wait. Easier to sit back and judge than it is to actually get involved.. And there is the risk that someone doesn't like you and will do anything to make YOU look bad. There is that.

Judge others as you would be judged. Simple advice.

Julie R.

I still find it comical that an attorney would actually file an injunction to prevent other attorneys from being paid. That has to be a first-time ever. The going rate for attorneys in this area is $125 to $150 an hour. So how many hours did McGown & Markling put into the investigation against Fox? They certainly must have itemized copies of what they did, right?

On the other hand, Erie County just might have cut off their own noses to spite their faces. I say that because of the lawsuit filed by Vermilion's former mayor, Jean Anderson, against the city of Vermilion, their law director, and the law director's Lorain County law firm of Stumphauzer & O'Toole (who handle the legal issues for the city) for refusing to provide itemized copies of what they have been charging the Vermilion taxpayers for. So far, I believe the courts have sided with the Lorain County law firm using that well-worn out attorney/client privilege crap so this case against the law firm of McGowan & Markling not being paid for the services they rendered should be very interesting --- especially if they don't have to show any itemized copies that warrant their $50,000.00 fee. After all, judges are supposed to follow their own and/or the precedent of other judges in similar cases to avoid all hints of impropriety, right?  

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Julie R-

While you are making sense you are dancing around one critical fact:
McGowan and Markling were NOT HIRED to amass this report.

If they had been hired then what you are saying about an attorney filing an injunction to stop another attorney from being paid would all make sense.

I'll say it again: McGowen and Markling WERE NEVER HIRED TO AMASS THE REPORT !!!

McGowen and Markling offered 10 FREE hours of work to a 'potential' client. After the Huron Board of Education agreed to take the 10 'FREE' hours of legal work, (and.. there might be some arguement as to whether the Huron Board of Education 'legally' obtained the 10 'FREE' hours of service as apparently the OK may not have been given in an actual Huron School Board meeting making even the original 'FREE' agreement null and void), but.. the Huron Board of Education, all/part/one member agreed to 10 hours of 'free' legal service and Markling came back with a huge muckraking report and a $50,000 bill.

Please stop playing niave to the facts. Anyone having your information and knowledge can understand and accept this SIMPLE play by play. By now you know that McGowen and Markling were NOT HIRED by the Huron Board of Education, at least not legally, and as such the Huron Board of Education cannot be required to pay their outrageous bill.

Do you have some type of financial ties to McGowen and Markling that puts it in your best interest for them to be paid the $50,000, Julie R ?

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold...Reread my posts.  I don't recall ever saying that Fred Fox should be fired.  I have been consistent in saying that there is enough evidence for him to be investigated for wrong doing.  Two board members have time and time again voted to not pursue the appropriate action.  Just because something is turned over to the OEC, ODE, and the state auditor's office does not mean that he will be found guilty.  The guidelines for the OEC and ODE is very clear - if you have information that is questionable, err of the side of reporting.

Here is a side note:  I personally could care less if someone checked my background because there isn't anything incriminating.  Open what ever records you want.  Why would the two board members not feel the same?

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TDN-

They, (Caporini and Asher), are NOT trying to keep anything quiet no matter how their votes look. They are not voting NOT to pursue 'appropriate' actions.

I'm not a huge fan of either, but can assure you they are really only keeping the 3 Stooges from sticking their feet farther into their own mouths and taking them along with them as part of the same board.

Reporting 'properly' is not the problem. If only it had been done that way from the beginning !

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold...I finally get what you are saying.  I might be slow but finally see the light.  If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and sounds like a duck its a penguin in a duck costume!  Thanks for showing me the truth.

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TDN-

You continue to dismiss what is/has been REALLY going on.

A little information is a very dangerous thing in most people's hands/minds.

Caporini and Asher are going to come out of this looking like geniouses, (well.. at least not like co-conspiritors with the Stooges)..

Not being a fan of at least 4 out of the 5 board members, I have had a hard time defending any of their actions, but in this case Asher is correct and taking the correct action. The Markling report was not legally ordered by the Huron Board of Education. It also was not legally made a public document.

I don't know how you like your duck, but this one has simmered for way too long.

Huron_1969

Ducks and penguins..... Thanks, that was funny!

donutshopguy

 Sold,

You have to keep your spin straight on the information.

 

You say Mr. Fox didn't have an affair.

You say Mr. Fox did have an affair.

You say someone else is trying to ruin Mr. Fox's reputation.

You say Mr. Fox made a mistake and it was his fault  and he takes responsibility.

 

So you backtrack and change your story to fit your needs.  Are you managing one of our presidential candidates ?  Your credibility is fading.

 

 

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DonutShopGuy-

Please, if you are going to paraphrase my comments at least get them right ! (and thanks for reading.. or at least skimming.. lol)

People are convinced, (even though there is not concrete evidence of it,) that Fred Fox had an affair. I am conceding the point and taking it out of the arguement. Believe he did, believe he didn't. I don't care. There's been plenty of affairs and they happen on company time. Fred Fox is a 24/7 employee so I ask you and all of the other experts: What time did Fred Fox have the affair ? On his time or the school's ? Prove either.

I am stating here that if Fred Fox had an affair he takes that responsibility, but it is his business, not ours.

So.. Mute point. Absolutely no backtracking just accomodating 'expert' opinions.

A few people ARE trying to get Fred Fox. They are now going to be held accountable for their actions. Not all of them, but at least the visible ones. The 'invisable' ones, and one really nutty one in particular, will eventually rise to the top like cream and do something crazy to take themselves out. Watch and see.

So believe what you want. Most of the truth will eventually come out.

What part of my credibility is fading ? The part when I said you help Huron's kids ? My credibility is not in question here, but sure as Hell a bunch of other people's are definately in question.

Informed

Sold, Fox conducted this affair, both by email and in person, during school hours.  Unless he took vacation time, that is during work hours.  The fact that he is available afterhours doesn't mean he doesn't have to be available during school hours.

He used school district resources to conduct this affair.  Inappropriate and unethical at best, criminal if you ask me and many other people because it is tantamount to stealing.

Free or discounted golf that was not made available to everyone is in direct violation of Ohio Code of Ethics...he cannot accept gifts over $25 in value.  Doesn't matter if he and Nelson are best buds or not.  He should know better.

It doesn't matter what anyone else did or didn't do...some people get pulled over fro speeding, while others do not....doesn't make it okay to speed. 

If there had been just one incident, I would agree that he should have just been privately reprimanded.  However, these multiple violations are inexcusable, and the public has a right to know about them, just like I feel the public should have a right to know why John Majoy was fired as police chief.  People get sick and tired of secrecy and things getting swept under the rug or covered up when it comes to public officials.

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And Informed-

(Sorry I referred to you as: whoever posted before this)..

No matter how many incidences.. How about an internal investigation followed by reprimands followed by dismissal ? Wow.. Wait.. That's how the rest of the world would do it. Instead.. We'll just take a free/$50,000 entirely biased report, make it public and then sit back and let the public do our work.

I don't know why John Majoy was fired but will bet there was a great reason that should probably be kept out of the public so he may get another chance somewhere else. Oh wait.. By not saying that he was fired/exonerated/etc to the public it left John Majoy's whole story up to speculation. Somewhere between these two poles is the answer to how these public offices and officers need to be handled.

Both cases: mishandled. 

Maybe you should look into it, Informed ? You're actually not that informed. Talk to John Majoy. Maybe after hearing his version you will think he got a raw deal. What are you going to do about it ?

Ahhhh... Nothing.

(I'm trying to prevent a good man's reputation from being ruined along with his career. If all I did was post on here even I would feel pathetic. If you believe in something or someone fight for them ! When they are thrown under the bus try to stop the bus ! Or... Sit here and spin)..

Informed

Sold, I never stated one time that I agreed with everything the board has done.  It is irrelevant to whether or not Fox is guilty and should be fired.  I feel that he should be based on factual information.  You can argue about the board all you want...it doesn't change what Fox did.

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You're missing something, Informed..

When did we become judge and jury and especially without all of the facts ?

I am only asking you and others to broaden your knowledge before going for capital punishment.

You/I/We really don't know all of the facts. We don't even know what the Huron Board of Education is 'charging' Fred Fox with.

(Well.. I know a little, but I'm not talking about it so let's wait and see together. Then we can make our decisions about what a heinas 'criminal' Fred Fox is. Read it all or don't read any of it.)

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Informed-

You keep saying 'factual information' and I continuously have mapped out how factual it is. What part don't you get ?

Prove that Fred Fox had an affair on company time.

No one else can, so you must be psychic ? Was there woods and water ?
(For the uninformed woods and water are always mentioned by psychics who 'see' a body)

If there was proof of this why is Fred Fox not dismissed ?

If it is so irrelevent why does Fred Fox still have a job ?
Apparently there are relevent 'facts' that allow him NOT to be dismissed ?

Think about this before scathing the messenger.

Tsu Dho Nimh

The Register should start a new column for you, Sold - Inquiring Minds that Need Examined

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TDN-
Good call.. I do write but WOULD NOT write for the Repeater... err.. Register.

The people who have orchastrated this conspiracy did not think out their actions very well. They really needed to 'play the tape all the way through' to see what was going to happen when they put this 'investigation' in motion. Now they themselves face investigation.

TDN- You really go after what you believe. I am only asking you to delve deeper into not only what has been entered into record, but also into the rest of the 'real world' that has gone into making this into such a mess. If you really believe in grass roots politics then you have to find Huron, Ohio as a fascinating example of grass roots in action. When it is all said and done, life will go on. There will be enemies made and grudges begun and all in all it will be business as usual in our small town.

This mess will affect all of Huron's residents eventually. They won't even know it is affecting them, but the next time our district needs a levy listen for this mess to rear it's ugly head. And why wouldn't it ? The people in charge of our system have shown they CANNOT manage our money. Why would we give them more ?

The entire credibility of our district has been thrown in the toilet and flushed. Do you think that the people, visable and invisable' who orchastrated this thought about that ?

Attack my words and credibility all you want. I don't really matter. Fred Fox's credibility is at stake here. Fred Fox worked very hard to build it and there's people who obviously want to destroy it. Why ? Do you really think that things like this just happen ?

Think TDN... Think ! Don't be reduced to one liners that have no basis on the rights being trampled here. 

There is a whole lot more than meets the eye in this fiasco.

You're signature says it all: Lies eventually reveal the truth about the people telling them.  

Sit n Spin

Sold is your typical long time Huron resident....just sweep it under the rug and everyone will forget about past transgression's.  This time the fit has hit the shan and the citizens of Huron are fed up with the good ol' boy / girl network.  Time to clean house with EVERYONE involved in this mess and start fresh.  

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Spin-

You finally said something intelligent ! Clean house !

Let's start with the Board of Education. Good luck finding new candidates that are not in some way related to, or connected with a 'good ol' boy/girl'...

It is the law of diminishing returns... No matter who you plug in they eventually show their 'good ol' boy/girl' colors..

Sit n Spin

Sold....The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function ;)  You should try it sometime...try not to hurt yourself in the process though.
 

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Spin-

If you don't believe I am holding all of your, (and your other host of 'experts'), ideas in my head as I continuously tell you what is/was/and is going to happen.. You must think I am more than first-rate intelligent ? (Of course you can't admit this because you are still only holding on to your oppositional ideas..)..

Fred Fox, (and his family), is/are the victim(s) here.

I can't spell it out any simpler.

And to the rest of you with your vindictive, stuck on the carrot instead of looking at who's dangling it rhetoric.. You are common examples of why government gets away with all that they do.

Let them come after you some time. You will hope that there is someone out there fighting for you.

The biggest problem here is the entire bunch that reads/posts here are exactly that: readers and posters.

Go out and do something. And hopefully for someone else. But.. As soon as you do remember there's going to be others watching you who are unwilling to do what you do and therefore will resent you for what you do. It is the nature of the beast.

You ALL only know what you read and apparently it's made an impact on you. When this is all said and done, you'll be mad and surprised and won't even understand why it is the right thing to happen. 

Thank God we live in a country where you can express how you feel. God help us if the people who read/post ever are allowed to make any real decisions. You will only know what you read. And in places like the Register.

**and to whoever it was posting before this:  
While your point is valid that an affair during work hours would be stealing: Prove that 'the affair' was carried on 'during work hours'. Define when Fred Fox was working and when he wasn't. You can't.

If you want to see stealing, your judgeship, try looking at the $50,000 McGowen and Markling are trying to steal because one of our illustrious board members saw a chance to go after Fred Fox for a mere 'free' 10 hours.

What a joke.

Fred Fox will be back to work with a public apology and all that you all have thought/posted/etc will have been for nothing but your own entertainment.

And it will be the right thing to have been done.

(Oh... and after that there will be lawsuits... several. And then you can comment/post on how unfairly the Huron taxpayers have to pay for them.. But... Once again you will be wrong because the school has liability insurance. But.. They only have $5,000,000 and no one will give them more. You figure out who is wrong here. Try doing it in more than a wittless sentence.).

Tmm

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Common Sense

Sold:

You seemed to have addressed in each of your posts only that which bodes well for Mr. Fox.

He has done an incredible job leading Huron out of state receivership.  However, you state that nowhere in his contract does it say how long his lunch hour should be.  Why did you not address the matter that he attempted to injure the reputation of one of his own staff by lying about his whereabouts?  Did you miss the line where I stated that Did you miss the term "accountability"?  If there were to be an emergency during his "lunch hour" (think Chardon for a moment), who was to handle the incident? How was he to be contacted if he was not where he was?

I also agree that this could have been handled differently.  The sensationalism just keeps the community focused away from the purpose of creating a great community school.

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Common Sense-

You said the most important thing posted here in a long time: The sensationalism just keeps the community focused away from the purpose of creating a great community school.

The sensationalism was also supposed to make Fred Fox run and give up, thus keeping the details from becoming public.

In an emergency, or any other time really, Fred Fox can be reached immediately by cell phone. His assistant Ms. Dover is always in touch with him. A valid point, but he's never 'unreachable' 24 hours a day.

Now.. His staff member, Ms. Von Thron, was the matter of office gossip which is regretable. Now everyone knows the truth about her and Fred Fox. The truth is Fred Fox gave Ms. Von Thron her start as an administrator. He believed/believes in her and the job she does.

Julie R.

Hey Sold, believe it or not I kind of feel sorry for Fred Fox. I say that because there are others in Huron that have done things ~ downright criminal things ~ that make Fred Fox look like a saint but they never had their names smeared all over the paper. They never had to pay for their criminal acts, either, thanks to the corrupt Erie County courts. On the other hand, Fred Fox has already paid dearly with the loss of his reputation alone.  

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Julie R-

Boy you hit the nail on the head ! Fred Fox has paid for things he never even did !

If we would list the things others have done it would surely be a long list. But.. Only concerned with what Fred Fox did or did not do here.

I'm not going to nominate Fred Fox for sainthood, yet, but he certainly has done his share of good. Way too big of a share to be treated like he is being treated by so many that should probably watch the stones they are casting in their own glass houses.

Julie R.

I'm not saying Fred Fox didn't do anything unethical ---- only time will tell on that and by the sounds of it I believe he did. I'm just saying in comparison to the flat-out crimes I know others in Huron pulled off and got away with ~ thanks to their clones at the Erie County courthouse ~ what Fred Fox is being accused of is almost laughable. Rather unfair how some people are held accountable but not others, right?  

Informed

Julie R, unfortiunately, that is life.  It's not fair...never will be.

Sold, Fox has cost this district so much money in teacher grievances by not following the contract, it's ridiculous.  And he did not save the district financially--it ws the Huron WINS committee and the taxpayers that approved the levy that did that.  Fox had nothing to do with that.

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Julie R-

You are so right about the fairness. Erie County is almost as inbred as Huron..

partyboy

Informed~

At the right time... tax payers saved the district.. Fox made some decisions that cost teachers jobs.. but it was good planning.  Just like Bill Clinton.. Reagan set him up for success.

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Touche Partyboy !

The decisions Fred Fox HAD to make definately cost some over priced/under working teacher's their jobs and opened the door for energetic cost efficient teachers to infuse their energy into the district.

Great analogy with Reagan, (and I'll add Bush Sr.), setting up Clinton for success.

The Huron School district was totally bankrupt when Fred Fox took the job. The district had also just lost a treasurer due to his, (the treasurer's), deads and his role in the bankruptcy. The district, at the time, was actually being controlled by 3 teachers and a bus driver who were using their union as a shield.

Fred Fox took the district control back with some much needed retirements and firings. He then got the unions to make some concessions. He also put the deal together with Kalahari as to how much Huron would get and how much Perkins would get as Perkins at the time didn't have a real active superintendent, (Sherri Busceri).

The board, at the time Fred Fox was hired, planned and put into action the plan, w/Fred Fox, to get the district back to black. Even though this board did not cause the bancruptcy, (You'd have to go back to Dave Ritter's time at the helm), they did get the blame for it.

All of the other things that 'Informed' wants to cite were just spokes on the wheel that was the plan. Nothing that happened was a coincidence and Fred Fox was a part of everything that happened.

Everyone who had a part in the Huron school's resurgence seems to want to take credit, but the credit for the vision of what could be, goes entirely to Fred Fox. 

And now the current board wants to throw Fred Fox under the bus and not for the things that are being cited as Fred Fox's 'misdeads', no.. this goes back a lot longer than that.

Julie R.

Well, at least Huron has one good thing going for it now ....... an honest and ethical attorney as the new Judge. I especially enjoyed his article in the Huron Hometown News a while back about unethical judges and how they should be reported. He even gave the address and phone number of the Disciplinary Counsel in his article. That's more then the Erie County Bar Association ever did after making the claim that the Erie County Bar Association does not accept complaints against the judges at the Eeerie County courthouse. 

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Julie R-

I know a lot about Huron judges.. lol

A friend had an attorney in Huron.. He actually endorsed the attorney in his bid to become a judge.

Then the attorney became a judge who sentenced my friend to ten days in jail for the very thing that the judge/attorney formerly had represented my friend for.. Does this sound like a conflict of interest ?

Then.. the same judge/attorney became my friend's wife's divorce attorney and appeared to be 'after' my friend's soon to be ex wife.

Then the judge/attorney dropped dead. (My friend said that even though he no longer considered the judge/attorney his friend.. he never wished that on him.. lol)

Justme...

Sold there are so many inaccuracies in your little story - starting with your statement that Huron Schools were bankrupt when Fox took the job and ending with your notion that the success of the schools is entirely because of him.  These statements are simply not true.  While I'd agree he made some tough decisions along the way that helped the schools financially, I'm thinking there is someone out there who is capable of that, but with greater ethics. The taxpayers deserve that.

Julie R.

@ Sold: Gee, what a small world. I believe the attorney/judge you referenced and his father were also my mother's attorneys. She paid them a lot of money to prepare her legal documents. In fact, she told me later that they charged her double to prepare her legal documents in comparison to what they charged the Italian mother of my Italian stepfather. I told her at the time that was probably because she wasn't Italian ---- the Italians in Huron probably got discounts.

You know where all those legal documents she paid double for went at the end of her life when she was totally incompetent with the assistance of a wealthy old Italian stepfather and his 2 stepchildren, who were disgruntled over the intended inheritance of two others? 

In the trash like they were nothing more than a scrap piece of paper.