State Dept. of Education to review allegations against Fox

State education officials anticipate needing three full days to hear testimony in the termination proceedings against suspended Huron Schools superintendent Fred Fox.
Jessica Cuffman
Oct 15, 2012

 

Cleveland attorney Harry Taich will be the referee for the hearings, which are scheduled to be open to the public at Fox’s request, treasurer Mike Weis said.

Fox was suspended in June amid allegations of having an inappropriate business relationship, improperly submitting trip expenses and using school email and time to carry on an extramarital affair.

In total, the Huron school board compiled 23 allegations against, including policy and contract violations; unethical and unprofessional conduct; insubordination and dishonesty; poor judgment; and other conduct damaging to employee morale.

Under state law, Fox is entitled to a hearing on the allegations before a neutral referee, with witnesses who will testify under oath and be subject to cross-examination.

After the hearing, the referee will submit a written report to the board with a recommendation for termination or reinstatement.

The school board may then accept or reject the recommendation.

If Fox is then officially fired, he may appeal the decision to the Erie County Common Pleas Court.

The termination hearing is slated to start at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 at Sawmill Creek Resort. Until the time of the hearing, Fox is able to request for the proceedings to occur behind closed doors. Otherwise, they will be open to the public.

Taich, the referee selected for the hearing, has been an attorney since 1973, and has served as an impartial hearing officer for the Ohio Department of Education for 15 years.
 

Comments

Sit n Spin

And the beat goes on and on and on and on.....

CAST THE FIRST STONE

2nd season of THE FOX TROT..

Sit n Spin

I had a case of the trots once....couldn't walk for a week after they ended.

Julie R.

State Department of Education? I thought it was the Ethics Commission that was reviewing the allegations.

Darkhorse

What happened to the Ethics Commission. Don't they count and shouldn't the schools wait for the ruling?

queenjhb

Fox, they dont want you . If you really care about Huron , let it go. Walk away , redeem yourself in good works .

Huron_1969

We're going to need a 5 year calander and flow chart to keep track of all the legal proceedings that will be occuring.... Fox has made a royal mess that will continue to compound itself

Tsu Dho Nimh

ODE will hear the allegations against Mr. Fox based on "conduct unbecoming to the teaching profession." This department investigates allegations involving criminal convictions or conduct unbecoming to the teaching profession and, if warranted, pursues disciplinary or remedial action against an educator’s credentials or application for credentials. So ODE
is concerned about behaviors such as extra-marital affairs being conducted during regular business hours, using email to conduct an exta-marital affair, and submitting receipts for reimbursement that are not related to a conference. ODE will also determine if Mr. Fox as a superintendent should have been aware of policies. If he is found guilty, Mr. Fox will be given some level of punishment with the most severe being the revocation of his education licenses and certificates. The OEC investigates public officials and determines if the official received goods/services because of his or her position.

Basically, if ODE finds Mr. Fox guilty of the charges and suspends his license, then the board does not have to wait for the OEC (which is a much longer process). However, if ODE rules in Mr. Fox' favor, the three members wanting to remove Fox will have to wait for the OEC to rule.

Huron_1969

depending on the timing... the 2 lawsuits might overlap as well. Case of one subject being looked at from 4 different angles.

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Key sentence:
Under state law, Fox is entitled to a hearing on the allegations before a neutral referee, with witnesses who will testify under oath and be subject to cross-examination.

Huron_1969

gee Sold, nice of you to continue cutting and pasting

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Always will 69..
You and others here have 'selective' reading.
Thought you might want to re-read that part..
Under oath. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but THE TRUTH.

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Here's some more, 69-
'After the hearing, the referee will submit a written report to the board with a recommendation for termination or reinstatement.'

Anyone a gambler on here ? I'm going to bet that if this commission finds that Fred Fox should be reinstated that it will be a 3-2 vote not to accept the finding. This is a sure thing.

Huron_1969

I'll take that bet ... how about we wager a large helping of crow ?

btw - I am not trying to be a smart a@@ or joke around. This is serious business for the entire community

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Agreed 69. I see your sense of humor, but also see you do take this seriously. I like to joke around, too, but am not finding humor in what this is doing to the Huron City Schools; the Fox family; the entire 'divided' city of Huron; and even people posting on here. Sad.. But am glad it's finally getting to an 'official' level.

Crow it is ! I will be happy to eat crow if I'm wrong. I just, in my heart, do not believe I am wrong about Fred Fox.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

I always read soles takes like it is the voice of the mini store owner on the simpsons. Just came naturally

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Stone-
Don't want to point out the obvious as the spelling police on here are just waiting for me to point it out..

Obscure Simpson reference. Please translate what you posted. lol..

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I am glad this is finally going before someone 'official'.

And notice it stresses that Fred Fox wants this to be public. I am going to assume, (yes.. assume.. I know what it means Spin), but I am still going to assume that someone hiding something would want this whole testimony thing to not be public ?

I'm really interested in hearing the testimony under oath. Isn't this what we've all been waiting for ? The truth ?

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold...let's say, for arguments sake, that ODE rules that Mr. Fox is guilty of "behavior unbecoming to the teaching profession" and suspends or permenantly revokes his license. Will you stop your ongoing rants and accept that he did wrong? I personally have faith in ODE and will accept its finding, regardless of what it is. Personally, based on the 55 pages of email that were made available and the timing of Mr. Fox's affair, I will be surprised if they do not find some degree of wrong doing. But again, I will accept ODE's finding.

As far as Mr. Fox agreeing to a public hearing, he has to. If he requests a private hearing, too many people in the community will think it is because he has something to hide. He cannot afford for the public perception to worsen.

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TDN-
If in fact the ODE did find Fred Fox 'guilty' I would have to accept that they found enough in this mess to at least make an official ruling. I will accept their ruling, (at least until Fred can appeal... lol)..

The hearing will be held in public because Fred Fox wants the public to know the truth, TDN. He's doing damage control but not in the way you describe.

Truth is I believe that this whole situation is trumped up and the ODE will probably find some problem, because there is so much to look into. Few people, (who aren't running for president), get this thorough of a public anal exam.

What would life, and the Register be like without me ranting ? lol

In the end, I believe you, TDN, and Tmm and 69.. and Donut.. will have to accept that Fred Fox is not who he has been made out to be. I will agree to stop ranting if you all agree to the same.. I know we're all upset that this is all going on and want it to come to some kind of end.

If it all goes as I suspect I want no crow from all of you. Maybe lunch at the place I choose, but no crow.. lol

Tmm

No way sold will accept any negative findings against fox and will continue to rant as long as the register continues to run these fox stories. Personally this whole subject has become tiresome as the same shiat is said over and over by all. Let's all wait for the findings then either eat crow or gloat.

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You have it wrong, Tmm.

I have already accepted that Fred Fox is human and not perfect like all of us who post on here.

A negative finding will not alter the way I feel about the job Fred Fox has done in his decade at the helm of the Huron City Schools, nor the way I feel about what Tim Sowecke has accomplished in his short, (8 months ?), tenure with the Huron Board of Education.

I'm all for the truth. The truth is Huron can do better. We have many qualified people who I hope after all of this will step up and run for the Huron Board of Education.

I'm just going to wait and see what people actually have to say under oath and will probably be amazed no matter what comes out of their mouths.

Informed

I doubt that ODE will suspend or revoke Fox's license, but they probably will give him an official reprimand. If that is the case, the board is still right to terminate him. We deserve a superintendent with no marks on his record.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Let the games begin!

Tsu Dho Nimh

The wise words of Sold: "The hearing will be held in public because Fred Fox wants the public to know the truth, TDN. He's doing damage control but not in the way you describe."

This is why Mr. Fox decided to make the hearing PRIVATE at approximately 9:15. Lots of folks showed up except for the Tanns, Wechters, and Buleas (the Fox Fan Club). I will venture to guess that there is more incriminating evidence against Mr. Fox that the public has not yet heard. Sounds like Mr. Fox does not want us to hear the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!

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Well it's good to know you were there to give us all this important update, TDN !

Whatever reason the hearing became private is totally speculation, although I really had hoped it would stay open to the public. I want to hear the truth !

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I was just thinking that the Register can print TDN's post in the paper.

Well posters, I'm not happy about this turn of events, but I can't help thinking that Fred Fox's family probably didn't want all of this being rehashed in public again, (although if the Register has nothing to print we all know what they are going to print).

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold...Never said I was there, my foolish friend. I'm sure you weren't based on what I was told : )

How do you like your crow? I'm looking up some recipes to prepare you a fine meal!

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As usual, TDN, you jump to conclusions.

I never said you were there. I said the Register could print your post.

Your post said at approximately 9:15 am the testimony went behind closed doors..