Fox hearings shuttered to public

Termination hearings for suspended Huron Schools superintendent Fred Fox were closed to the public Tuesday.
Jessica Cuffman
Oct 23, 2012

The three days of hearings originally were scheduled to be open, but Fox had the right until the start of the hearing to have them in private.

The hearings, to be conducted before Ohio Department of Education referee Harry Taich, are concerning 23 allegations the Huron board of education has said warrant Fox's firing.

After the hearings, where witnesses will testify under oath, Taich will submit a written recommendation to the board, recommending that Fox either be reinstated or fired.

The board is not required to agree with the recommendation.

The accusations against Fox, many stemming from the 50-page Markling report, allege he carried on an improper business relationship with a district vendor, improperly submitted expenses for reimbursement related to a April 2011 trip to Arizona, and was involved in an extramarital affair on school time using school computers and email.


Sit n Spin

And there you have it ! BAM !

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You really thought I was avoiding all of the wisdom here ? lol

Sit n Spin

Not really....I know you like to hear yourself type ;)

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Just waiting for the ODE like the rest of you...

Let's take this time to reflect on all that has happened since the beginning of this. I really have over and over tried to get the group here to keep an open mind about what they have read and heard.

This whole situation is going to leave a 'hangover' for years to come.

Don't worry.. I'll be here to the end.


Sold, even if I had no other information except the emails to the Fremont principal, I still think Fox should be fired. That is totally inappropriate and, as I have stated before, is the same as stealing. I don't care if the ODE doesn't take away his license (which I doubt they will do), the board still has the prerogative to fire him.
You don't agree, and that is fine, but do not tell me my opinion is wrong.

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When did I say YOU were wrong ? You are entitled to your opinion. We all are.

Emails can not be disputed. I think you are going to find they are not as big of a deal as you are thinking. I've said it before and I will say it again: MY opinion. I'm entitled to it just like YOU !


Sold - please get your chrystal ball tuned up. It hasn't been accurate yet. Then tell us how "the two" will vote if the ODE agrees with the termination.

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Have been accurate all along, JustYou.. You just do not want to see it. It's ok... As I said to UnInformed.. You are entitled to your opinion, just like I am.

It will still be a 3-2 vote. You all know that.

Julie R.

I say get rid of ALL of them. Something has been fishy in this fiasco right from the get-go!

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Julie R-
You cut through the manure.

As I have said in the past, Fred Fox is actually the victim here. All that is going on has nothing to do with emails, affairs, gratuitees.. etc..


If Fox is innocent and the Markling Report lies as Fox supporters have stated then why is Fox's witness list so long? It would seem to me he would need only to call 1. the treasurer to verify the financial charges (mileage, trips) were within the scope of Fox's job, 2. the board president to verify that the financial charges were approved by the board, 3. Nelson to produce or verify the receipts Fox claims he has for all the trips and golf outings and 4. the Fremont principal to verify that Fox was her mentor NOT her lover!!! His list of witnesses indicates to me that he CANNOT prove he did nothing wrong so he is going to slander anyone he can. Time for this to be over and Fred to look for another occupation. Lifeguard at a local water park, perhaps....


really Windyglen ... and let innocent people drown ?

Tsu Dho Nimh

Too funny!

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Seems simple doesn't it ?


Attention young people: See? This is the real world. Hope you have a dad & mom that will explain how things usally work. Please understand that most in authority can't be trusted. Please respect the few that are (very rare) trying to always do what is best.

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Well.. Not all people in authority are bad, but almost anyone can be painted that way. It's better to be people who do nothing for anyone and just add commentary about the people who do.

Julie R.

It says in the paper that 3 of the 16 witnesses subpoenaed by Murray to testify are Ed Kurt, Margaretta school superintendent, Marta Esposito, high school cashier (she's still there?) and Nick Wells, high school custodian.

So why is a school superintendent from Margaretta testifying? Even better, what does a high school cashier and high school custodian have to do with any of this?

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Julie R-
Marta and Nick head up the Non-Certified union.
Your guess is as good as mine about Ed Kurt..

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Julie R-
Possibly, Ed Kurt went to Arizona, too ?

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Attention people !!!
There is nothing new or different coming out in the 'private' hearings. This is Fred Fox's way of not having his case totally tried by the public and dredge it all up again. As I said earlier to TDN.. You could write the story for the Register: There is nothing new to add, but there is a lot to clear up because of the inappropriate release of the slanted Markling report.

You folks think that if you say it long enough, or loud enough it will come true. Sorry people, if you think that there will be crow on my plate you are sadly mistaken. There will have to be an entire crow buffet to handle all of you.


strange. Sold's comments were short and to the point then all of a sudden the above rant...almost like someone else was posting for him then he got online and took over - anyone else agree?

Tsu Dho Nimh

I have wondered about that myself and suggested to Sold back in July that the inconsistencies in the posts suggests two people are involved. Regardless, his/her posts just continue defending the undefendable. After his public hearing in September I suggested that Sold might be Mr. Murray because Murray's presentation echoed Sold's logic. Needless to say, that post was removed by the moderators because I used an individual's name. Let's see if anyone reports this comment for using a name : )

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Hahaaha... Oh you two.
Listen TDN and Tmm:
One person here and if you want to call me Murray make sure I get his salary !

It was my last statement, Tmm, supposed to deliver what I deem to be the last thing I have to say to give you all something to think about, (and apparently it worked ?)

Tmm, you are smarter than that ? With all of your studying of my spelling and puncuation ?

TDN, you just enjoy conspiracy and I have my suspicions that you may be a young lawyer yourself. Not that I really care as this is all about what Fred Fox really did, or did not do, and a band of 3 who set out to rid the Huron City Schools of a man who has accomplished so much. The 3 would do almost anything to attain their goal.

Like the rest of you, I am waiting to see/hear the results.

It really does not matter what Sold says, or does..
Sold's not on the witness list !


I agree's just that your posts suggest some type of bipolar disorder.

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Now you're onto something, Tmm !

These posts are the voices in my head and I need to answer them.

Thanks for clearing that up..
Now I can cancel the appointment. lol


Hey..Ako...doing right never goes out of fashion. Actually it can set some apart too.

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It's Sold. lol
I agree !

Tsu Dho Nimh

I heard today that we have to wait until December to see what happens. Attorney Murray is going to be "out of the country". Why does this not surprise me!


TDN-where do you get your info? What happens in Dec?

Tsu Dho Nimh not want to give my source but ODE will not rule until December because Mr. Fox's legal representation will not be available until then. I believe the info I got is pretty dependable.