Huron board member's suit against attorney bill reaches courtroom

Challenging the validity of a law firm's report, the attorney for suspended Huron Schools superintendent Fred Fox continued to fight for records during a court hearing Thursday.
Jessica Cuffman
Sep 21, 2012

Challenging the validity of a law firm’s report, the attorney for suspended Huron Schools superintendent Fred Fox continued to fight for records during a court hearing Thursday.

But Patrick Murray was not the lone lawyer present. Six other attorneys attended the hearing, representing three school board members and district treasurer Mike Weis in a lawsuit filed by board member Kevin Asher to keep the board from paying the $60,000 bill for the report.

The Markling report, prepared by attorney Matt Markling after he interviewed dozens of Huron schools administrators about Fox’s alleged conduct violations, concluded there were sufficient reasons to fire the superintendent.

Asher filed a lawsuit to keep the district from paying Markling’s bill after the school board voted 3-2 in June to suspend Fox and start termination proceedings against him.

Asher alleges the report is of poor quality, biased and overbilled.

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

 

TIMELINE

February - Board meets with attorney Matt Markling to discuss allegations made against superintendent Fred Fox.
May - Markling delivers 50-page report to board.
June 19 - Board suspends Fred Fox and votes to start termination proceedings against him.
June 20 - Markling report is released as a public record.
June 28 - Asher files lawsuit to keep board from paying Markling bill.
Sept. 6 - Fox’s attorney, Patrick Murray, answers to 23 allegations against Fox that the board says warrants his termination.
Sept. 12 - Fox files a lawsuit against board member Tim Sowecke, alleging defamation and libel and demanding more than $2.5 million in damages.

Comments

Informed

Wired, you have a board member that doesn't even pay his taxes. Huron students consistently perform better than Margaretta students. Do you really want to get into a pi$$ing contest about school districts?
The computers, technology director, and district email system are not free, and he used these to conduct his affair. You apparently didn't read the emails. Both Fox' emails to the Fremont principal and hers to him were published. They were inaapropriate and unprofessional. And he wasn't just gone for a "lunch hour". He would be gone for hours at a time, and no Huron administrator has business in Port Clinton on a regular basis.
Maybe the board did some things incorrectly, maybe they didn't. That will be dealt with later. Regardless it absolutely does not excuse Fox's behavior.

wiredmama222

Oh, no, no, no.....your board members don't get a pass on this one. They blew it from the time this started. They don't get a pass that later on, they get a wrist slap and told DON'T EVER DO THAT AGAIN. Do you realize they could have had this over with in 14 days time without any of this going on? But no, someone screwed up. Someone had to make a statement or got greedy about it.

They handled this all wrong. Executive session should have been held to meet about the problem. compile the complaints. Call him in and inform him in writing. Give him 7 days to answer in writing. send him out of the room, take a vote. call him back in tell him the vote and that is it. Simple, huh? That is all there is to it. But no, they didn't do that. They had to make a statement. They didn't want him to ever get another job. That is what they wanted. And look what it got them.

As for a pi##ing contest between districts. PLEEASSSSEEE. Don't be a child. Ours don't pay taxes and yours have affairs...that makes us even, don't you think?

And as of today, Sunday, September 30th, 2012...looks like even the law firm your board hired agreed that he didn't do wrong with Kalahari on the tax abatement so that part went out the window as far as complaints. I wonder what other things they will discount.

luvblues2

There is no such thing as free e-mail. You have to pay for the Internet connection. Or, go to the library.

wiredmama222

That isn't what I MEANT.....I meant is it free with his salary or not.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Informed and Luv are correct. The school pays for an intranet system and access to the internet. John Caporini is a businessman. Would he accept employees using his computer system for personal use? I seriously doubt that he would be okay with employees conducting any personal business, especially an affair, on company time. If an employee took money from his business to cover personal expenses, he would fire them. He does not deserve to serve as our board member.

wiredmama222

but is internet access a perk for the school superintendant?

Tmm

Wired where in my posts do I go on and on about anything being accepted? The fact of the matter is the report was accepted and is being reviewed by the oec. You mention that foxs affair is no ones business. As a Huron taxpayer it is my business, if not, then this subject is none of your business. Truth be told it is all of our business.
Based on your comments regarding margarettas board and your desparaging remarks regarding huron, I'm betting you have some type of direct personal ties to your margaretta board. Here's a news flash...your district will never pass a levy with your current board and super. There is so much mistrust involved that your voters will vote no until they are replaced. With that said, huron is now on the same path.

wiredmama222

I do not wish to argue with you about your comments. You and another poster had a syntax arguement concerning the delivery of the documents to the State. You said they were accepted he maintained they were not. You made it sound as if the board was taking them at face value, he made it sound as if they were not. It is that to which I was referring. Nothing more.

You have it all wrong, I am not connected to the Margaretta Board now nor have I ever been. I think the levy will pass as the people in Margaretta support their school. You think it won't. Only the election will tell.

As for the rest of this. I have never seen a community so divided and some so intent on trying to get rid of someone. Some of your town is terribly intersted in trying to oust this man at any costs. Others want to keep him. Had your board handled this properly, it would be done and over with, but they didn't. It is just that simple.

I would love to know, as a past educator, why they are doing what they are doing and why? Where his motives that bad? Was he that bad at his job? What is the real reason they wanted him gone? Are they trying to keep him from ever getting hired anywhere again? That seems to be the goal here.

Why would anyone want to ruin a man like that? Just curious.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Wired...The objective is not to ruin the man but to hold him accountable. He has misused and abused his power for over 2 1/2 years with a former school board allowing it. Talk to the teachers that work in Huron. He is a bully. The man changed a teacher's assignment because she would not violate the contract. He moved her to another content area and brought in a new employee to fill her former spot. The new teacher worked one year and then retired. Fox was not thinking of what was best for kids. He disrupted the education of over 100 students to prove that he was in charge. This is just one example. When someone is allowed to do whatever he wants with the blessing of two of the current board members, why would anyone be surprised that there would be several issues when he was finally addressed by the current board. Kudos to the board majority for doing the right thing even though it may not be welcomed by some.

Tmm

Wired your last post says a lot. You have a lot of questions that you would like answered. Yet you have passed judgement on a community without all your answers. Does that really make sence?

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