Fox court documents allege 'conspiracy'

An attorney for Huron superintendent Fred Fox has filed court documents outlining an alleged "conspiracy" to get Fox fired.
Jessica Cuffman
Nov 12, 2012

The 37-page document is a narrative of why and how Fox believes three school board members have conspired to oust him from his top spot at the school. Fox was ousted after a law firm hired by the district issued a report alleging Fox 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.

Read a PDF of the court filing posted below.

For more on two pending lawsuits related to the saga, pick up a copy of Monday's Register.


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As you said: 'The least of the school board's problems, now'...


Wired you are making assumptions that everything in the attached document is accurate. I wouldn't make that assumption. And its a little different than the gag order you referenced, because it wasn't the judge's decision to keep testimony private, it was Fox's.


I can see why he would want that as well. There are far too many people in Huron who just don't get it. I don't blame the man for not trusting anyone over there at this point. Why should he?

I am not making any assumption any more than the people who live in Huron made assumptions that those on the board were being "truthful" with the people who live there, or those who they were supposed to represent by being on that board.

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For all-
You, for months now, have assumed that all in the Markling report is accurate.. even after our illustrious Sandusky Register printed a retraction on said document ?

This is why there is division on this entire subject.
Did you not enjoy/believe the part where the Huron Board of Education's own attorneys told them to deliver the Markling document in a manner that wouldn't make it a public document ?

No doubt about it.. Tim SOWecke screwed up and in his haste to see Fred Fox, and his career, burn in Hell he actually chose a similar fate for himself.

The only proof anyone has of Fred Fox doing ANYTHING wrong is what was summed up in an illegal document that was illegaly presented to the public allowing all of you to have an opinion.


The testimony that no one gets to hear is all that counts at this point.

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No, JustYou, actually the testimony that you will read about in the future will be what counts.

Assume this: If Fred Fox is found 'not guilty' by the OEC then the 'testimony' we have all read because Tim SOWecke HAND DELIVERED the illegal Markling report against the advice of the Huron BOE's attorney is the 'testimony' that was not true.

Please try to wrap your head around this: There is a whole lot of lying going on.. and now we have a chance to find out who is doing it.

Julie R.

Seems to me the Ohio Ethics Commission also ruled on the ethics complaints pertaining to Vermilion's law director using his Lorain County law firm of Stumphauzer & O'Toole to handle all legal issues for the city of Vermilion, yet for some odd reason the ruling was kept a secret. So when the Ohio Ethics Commission rules on this Fred Fox fiasco, is that also going to be kept a secret?

Tsu Dho Nimh

ODE,not the OEC, is the department conducting the current hearing. ODE has high expectations and has "punished" educators for "lesser crimes".


"There is a whole lot of lying going on..." Now THAT we agree on.

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Actually, Justme, at this point I believe the lying has almost completely stopped.

You say I don't believe anything from the 'dark' side, but you would be wrong in assuming that. I am a firm believer that Fred Fox got discounted golf from Kalahari. I also believe he was re-imbursed (sp?) by the Huron Board of Ed for his Arizona trip. I believe he sent and received email from his school account for personal reasons. I stop short of believing any of that is so totally wrong that it never was mentioned in a review of Fred Fox's performance ? I also believe that before this whole situation came to the point it is at, that it should have been mentioned in some type of reprimand if it were actually true ?

Instead of handling the whole mess with some kind of professionalism, the Huron Board of Ed, and specifically the bully known as Tim SOWecke.. decided to take what they 'thought' they knew, or had actually made up.. and make the whole thing public, although this action practically guarenteed no privacy, or a fair 'public' trial for Fred Fox. (Which is exactly what they intended).

So.. In summary:
1) Tony Jr screwed up. Big time. He even served time for it.
2) Tony Sr tried to cover it up.
3) Fred Fox did what he was supposed to do and turned that mess over to the appropriate authorities.
4) Tony Sr berated Nancy Bulea about hiring Fred Fox as the Huron superintendent.
5) Tony Sr waited for his chance to get back at Fred Fox.
6) Tony Sr saw his chance by promoting the election of Tim SOWecke.
7) Scott Slocum, Huron BOE president went along with Tony Sr and SOWecke because he has some kind of ethicle problem at his former work place.
8) Donna Greene, Tony Jr's aunt, illegaly authorized the funding of the Huron Memorial Stadium sign.
9) Attempting to get Fred Fox, Tim SOWecke, Scott Slocum and Donna Greene illegaly met to hire attorney Markling to smear Fred Fox.
10) Not under oath, of course, Markling gathered 'testimony' on what employees of the Huron School District thought of Fred Fox, not including anything anyone had to say that was positive.
11) The illegaly produced Markling Report was made public by Tim SOWecke even after the board's attorney advised him not to.
12) After reading the illegal Markling report that was so totally slanted even the Sandusky Register backed away from it.. many of 'the public' decided it was a chance to 'pile on' Fred Fox.
13) Also a Huron BOE member, Kevin Asher, filed a lawsuit with 'LEGAL' papers that directly contradict all of the 'findings' of the illegal Markling report.

OK.. Let's see where it goes from here.
(I agree there is a lot of lying going on,
but do not see how Fred Fox has lied ?)

There you go again

Fred may not have lied but it seems he committed other offenses that are grounds for termination...or did you forget about why we are all commenting on Fred's job?!?!

Tsu Dho Nimh

The only statement that you made that can actually be proven is #1. Everything else is gossip, hearsay, and deflection of the real issue.


You believe the lying has stopped? Well, if you believe all 13 points you stated above, therein "lies" the problem.

Julie R.

Those Italians in Huron sure do cause enough problems, don't they?


Typical of what an attorney (bottom-feeder) will do to try and win a case. That is, "throw mud against a wall and hope that something sticks". If you want to bring up things that happened in the past, ask some of the people that went to school with Fox. I still can not believe that Huron hired him as a superintendent. That just shows the type of people that run for the Huron School Board years ago.

Darwin's choice

Kinda sounds like obama's campaign.........


easy Bob, I mean Sold...take a pill. I must have missed where it was documented that Sowecke "hand delivered" the report. Is there proof of this or is it hearsay? I'm serious, please explain as I am in the dark on this one. please cut and paste what you know.


and sold by proof i don't mean Murray's opinion, as I have a very hard time believing anything a used car salesman in a suit has to write or have his paraleagal write.

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hahaha.. Good one, Tmm !


The Huron School Board is in such a mess, two members should think about resigning. To go around telling the people of Huron to boycott a local business is an ethics violation. I feel that these two individuals, and their peanut gallery, should keep their mouths shut and grow up. How would you like it if someone did that to your business. Murray never mention that mud in his documents. I would be more than happy to testify as to who told me about boycotting that business. It is wrong and I have no respect for either one of you individuals. To me, your in the same circle as a attorney (bottom-feeder) and no one cares for the people in that profession. You people better start growing up and get a life. Because someone does not agree with you, stop trying to bully them.

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The Huron Board of Education is not in a mess because of Asher and Caporini ?

Go back and read the 'legal' paperwork and then think about what has been happening.

I know nothing about any boycotts but I would think that what is good for the goose, (the 3 Stooges who are out to GET Fred Fox), is also good for the gander, (Meaning if they feel it's alright to go after someone else's livlyhood and in public, maybe those who cast the stones better look at their glass houses).

Tsu Dho Nimh

Mr. Caporini has told several people that some things just need to be swept under the rug and kept from the public. Employees in the district have been told not to shop at Ace. The wheels on the Karma bus go round and round, all around the town.

Tsu Dho Nimh

"Shortly after Sowecke was elected to the school board,he demanded that the school system buy their supplies from Ace Hardware (which he owns)...Sowecke made this demand although RC 2921.42 (A) (1) and RC 102.04 (B) required that no member of the School Board is allowed to do any business with the school system." Really, Mr. Asher is going to include this in his list of hearsay and biased opinions? Why is it that he sat on the board for at least 15 months before the question of "ethics" entered his mind? Mr. Caporini had been doing business on a regular basis for nearly 18 years but Mr. Asher never questioned that relationship. Oh, Mr. Caporini will tell you that he never made a profit but that is not true. Besides, the ORC states that board members can only do business with the entity he serves IF it is a bid process AND if the bid is consistant with bids that are given to all potential customers. Not the case for Mr. Caporini and there is an unbelievable amount of transactions that have occurred throughout the years and even if he sold items at cost, which the documents show that he did not, it is still illegal. Mr. Asher only brings up the ORC question after Mr. Sowecke does not agree to ignore Mr. Fox's transgressions in March 2012. As a result, the board also had to stop using Huron Cement as a vendor. Mr. Asher and Mr.Caporini have publicly criticized the other three for causing unneccesary costs to the district yet Mr. Asher files another lawsuit. These two are the board members that need to be sued but the other three have more class and dignity than Mr. Asher.

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Oh my God, TDN..
I can't believe you used the words class and dignity in the same breath as the 3 Stooges.

Apparently you do not agree with what has been filed but let's not get ridiculous..

SOWecke is a bully who makes his own rules.
Greene misappropriated funds to pay for a sign.
Slocum was fired from his job for a an interesting mysterious reason.

SOWecke hand delivered an illegal document with no authority and without even the consent of his other two stooges or the board's attorney.

SOWecke is being sued for 2.5 million dollars for his misdeads.

They are all aligned with the puppet master who also has no authority he answers to.

Lots of class and dignity there, TDN.

Your arguements grow weaker by the day. I also noticed your name on the paperwork ?

Will cut and paste it for you. There's also a letter to the editor in the Urine Hometown Tattler from SOWecke's son where the kid states: 'My father is not a very good businessman'..

It is time for you people to open your eyes and accept the fact that the 3 Stooges are more than just shady.

Vindictive and conspiritory are better words to use in the same sentence with their names attached.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold...let's stick to the topic of my post. Does it make sense to you that Mr. Asher never questioned the business relationship between Huron Cement and the school system? Per the treasurer, the question was never brought up during his tenure until this past spring, after the March 2012 meeting. You know, the meeting where three board members wanted to pursue the allegations made against Mr. Fox. Then it was Mr. Asher who questioned if using Ace Hardware was ethical. Do you know how much money has been paid to Huron Cement over the past 18 years? It is obscene and the same ORC section that exists today was in existance when Mr. Caporini began his time as a board member. I personally have a copies of the emails that support what I am sharing, unlike the biased bull pucky that Asher is filing.

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Ok.. Now that you actually stuck to the topic of your post.. lol

Listen, I am aware of the laws in place to keep board members from 'profiting' from the board itself. The laws are double edged swords. First of all you have people who make about $2000 a year for being BOE members. They obviously support the school system, yet the school system is not allowed to support them ? (Although, the reason the laws are in place are to keep board members from taking advantage of their position).

There have been past board members, who after becoming board members could no longer do business with the school. The example used to decide if they are in direct conflict with the ORC tells one story of a milk delivery man who once he became a BOE member could no longer sell milk to the school. Now.. He didn't even own the company.

So TDN, I am in total agreement with you over this post.. except if John Caporini could prove that his company was not making a profit from dealing with the school system then he/Huron Cement could continue to do business with the Huron City Schools. (But, why would they continue to ship supplies to the school with no profit ? Now that is a supporter !)

I do believe that the letter of the law is that in a bid situation, if the BOE member's company is the low bid then they can still do the job/supplying, but I may be wrong. If I am wrong this is a terrible injustice.

So in a long winded answer, (which is how attorneys make their money don't they, lol), if Tim SOWecke's ACE Hardware was the lowest price why can't the Huron BOE do business with ACE ? (And as far as I know these are the school employees you are citing as being told not to purchase from Huron's ACE).

PS.. The way this board makes up it's own rules I guess the ORC has no bearing on the board's decisions ?

Tsu Dho Nimh

The ORC is very clear that a bid situation is the only situation that is permissible and the bid must 1)be the lowest and 2)consistent with bids that they give to other customers (in other words, no special deals). It is against the law for the store to sell any other goods or services, even if it is at cost.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Mr. Asher states that Mr. Sowecke wrote the anonymous letter. Wow, he must be either psychic or a psycho to know who wrote an anonymous letter. I'm going with the latter.

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Possibly the moron, I mean board member STATED he wrote it to someone else.
Did that ever enter your mind ?

Tsu Dho Nimh

Prove it...nothing but hearsay.