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.

Comments

UgtaBkdnMe

Sold,

Since you brought up the transportation guy's name, let's not forget to include that he was fired from BFI for theft. Do we see a pattern ?

Huron_1969

Good point Sold..... The missing school bus and tools probably was a lot of work, just not legal

UgtaBkdnMe

Ha ha ! Good one, Huron !

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Hahaha.. That was a good one, 69 !

UgtaBe-
Fired by BFI.. I'm thinking you are making claims about people you can't prove, son. Unless you have two or three lawyers coming up with your material I suggest you get a legal opinion before you go casting dispersions..

On the other cheek.. The Markling report is illegal on more than one level.
#1) Sunshine Law
#2) Sunshine Law
#3) Sunshine Law
(For those of you not deeply and definately legal experts, there are actually 3 counts of breaking the Sunshine Law for the one report. Well.. If you really want to be technical: 2 BOE members with 2 counts each and one BOE member with 3 counts so I guess you could say I should list them seperately and this would total 7 counts)..

UgtaBkdnMe

Sold, you are sooooooooooo sooooooooo wrong ! You just might be surprised to know who worked with him there.

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No sir.. I'm not wrong, I'm not in the loop on Jim's other jobs, but know for a fact that he has done a great job cleaning up the problems at the bus garage.

Are you saying you are a G-man, Ugta ?

Julie R.

So who in this case is being represented by an attorney from the Akron law firm of Hannah, Campbell & Powell and WHO is the attorney? Is it a Brian Borla by any chance?

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Julie R-
(and anyone else asking this question)

Hannah, Cambell and Powell is the firm that the Insurance Carrier hired to defend the District and Board members against the injunction filed by Asher. That is all these attorneys are here to handle.. only the injunction. The attorney representing them from Hannah, Cambell and Powell is Kenneth Calderon.

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And another one from my Magic 8 Ball:

'Toolgate'
What many don't know, (because at the time this was happening the press did not have all information and still has not reported it properly).
The entire 'Toolgate' event was investigated by:

1) A private investigator hired by Fred Fox..
2) The Huron police..
3) The Erie County Sheriff's Department..
4) The Office of the Auditor of the State of Ohio..

In each of these four investigations, a formal, and final report was filed and their was absolutely NO WRONGDOING cited.

These are all public records and you can go get the reports from each agency. The issue is that the Register never did closely follow this whole situation ? I don't know why, but because there was no information printed the formal results were left up to the public's imagination.

I know some of you really hate it when you find out Fred Fox did no wrong, as documented by three seperate agencies and a private eye. This is the way the entire Markling report is going to go down in flames. All hearsay.

Hopefully some of you will use this post as an example and you will join me with 'big boy' posts of your own that actually document the facts.

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Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Libel and defamation.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold...why are you so determined to point out that Donna Green is a Hastings? Do you have a problem with the fact she is a Hastings?

Retiree

FYI: I do not believe any private investigator was hired by Fox. That is my opinion only. Huron Police would not investigate "Tool Gate" because the chief at the time was a relative of the person being investigated. The Erie County Sheriff Department did investigate "Tool Gate". After all the evidence was gathered,Fox was notified and informed, by the Sheriff Dept. that there was enough evidence and merit for an arrest. Fox informed the Sheriff's Dept. that " he would take care of the problem". The perpetrator's were informed of what happened. The camera's were then turned off, and the tools returned. No one knows where the video to the camera is to this day. Nothing ever happened regarding the thief of the tools. It was probably because they were returned.
Had the informer kept quiet, would the tool's have been returned? I doubt it. There are many more perks that certain employee's received at taxpayer's expense. The Sheriff Dept. should still have a report of their investigation.
The taxpayers of Huron have been "railroaded" for years by this gang of thieves. They should demand an investigation by auditor to investigate what went on the last ten years in the Huron School System. Huron taxpayers have been at the mercy of this group for years. I personally doubt that this will ever happen, after all, Fox said Huron people are nothing but "underlings".
I am just waiting for the "garage sale".

wiredmama222

@retiree...if the tools were taken and then returned, how are the taxpayers out anything? Could it be that Mr Fox didn't want to embarrass someone that is "prominent" in the city of Huron? Could it be that he simply didn't want to make a big deal out of something?

What "perks" are you referring to that people received? It seems a lot of ennuendo keeps being made without specifics. That is like making an accusation without proof. Unless someone can SPECIFICALLY state an issue with time and place, it means nothing. It's speculation at best.

Do you have facts, or are you speculating?

Tsu Dho Nimh

So, Wired, if someone steals your belongings and when caught returns them to you, you would not want to press charges? I seriously doubt it. Fred's long time buddy was caught through purchase requisitions ordering multiple items but all of the items could not be accounted for. Fred investigates it, the camera's mysteriously do not work for a few days, and the items are returned. Go ahead and believe Sold on Fox but Sold cannot be objective and is part of the good ole boys.

wiredmama222

TDN....did anyone bother to ASK Fox about this or did everyone just ASSUME? Do you know for sure what went on here? Do you or are you assuming? I would have asked the man about this first before doing anything about it...directly and to the point. It sounds to me like he is protecting someone and I would want to know WHO he is protecting.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Wired...I have seen the requisitions and purchase orders for the multiple pieces of the same equipment (ie more weed wackers than the district has buildings). I also know several folks who report to this man as a supervisor. I probably know more information about this than you do.

wiredmama222

I repeat, did ANYONE ASK him about the missing set? What did he say about the missing set???? Did anyone ask him who had it. I do not give a tinkers tool about what paperwork you saw. I asked you a direct question for which I expect a direct answer since you know so much more than I.

Did you or anyone who knows so much about this ASK who had this missing set? Yes or no?

UgtaBkdnMe

I thought you quit talking to Tsu. Now you have me confused !

wiredmama222

After spending awhile reading these posts several points really come out as being pertinent in this entire matter. As an admitted outsider of Huron (and right now I am thankful for that), this entire town seems to be involved in this mess in some form one way or another. They are either part of the problem or part of the past problems.

You have a definite group of people who wanted to PUBLICALLY embarrass a man for whatever reason, and the board of education did just that. They decided that Fred Fox was going to be publically embarrassed and dismissed at all costs and that was it.

The board simply threw out the rule book, cast away protocol and said 'nuts' to the rules and charged forward. They could have cared less about what might happen. It sounds like they actually thought nothing bad WOULD happen, that he would lay down and take it, especially since they felt they had him "dead to rights" with an "affair". They didn't expect him to fight back. They were wrong.

He did fight back and now they have gotten themselves in one heck of a mess. Their lack of adherence to the rules of law and decorum will cost them dearly. They seriously underestimated the man they intended to embarrass. They also underestimated, from all appearances, two of their own members, who did not wish to go along with the entire matter.

In fact, the two descenting members may be their biggest problem yet and their total undoing. Because of their lack of protocol, their lack of following the rules and their inability to follow prescribed methods, they now find themselves involved in a war they may not survive.

Skeletons are flying out of closets faster than doors can be closed. As I said to one poster....it is all about perception. Those from Huron may not like it, but for those of us not from there, some of us see things a bit differently than those of you living it.

When it comes to these lawsuits, when they go to court, it will be all of US that will be in the jury pool and not just those of you who live IN Huron. It is our perceptions of what is going on that will make the decisions on what is presented and what we think of the facts as stated.

Right now, it looks like your board of education set out to "get" Fred Fox at all costs. In the court of "public opinion" and for what it is worth right now, the preception that I see is that there is a lot of jealousy, envy and a lot of corruption going on over there in your little neck of the woods. It isn't pretty. In fact, it's down right ugly.

The preception is one of "railroading' , corruption, jealousy and down right nasty behavior that isn't expected from so called civilized people. I would have expected better from the like of Huronites.

Perception is everything. Right now, that perception is pretty nasty. You have no one to thank but your school board and yourselves for what is going on. Don't blame anyone else. Don't blame any of us for what we see, read or hear. You gave it to us. You let the cats out of the bag.

You really should do something to change it. Just a suggestion, but you might want to start with a new school board, one that follows the rules and doesn't go off on a private "witch hunt". That would be a good start. This is going to cost you all. And that is a shame. It sounds like you had a good thing going and you sort of let it get ruined because of jealousy and heaven only knows what else. What a shame.

I feel kind of sorry for all of you. I hope you find your way back, but it isn't easy when you have blown something up this badly.

All any of the rest of us can do is sit back and watch while you self destruct and pray that you survive. Unfortunately for your schools, you lost a good thing.

Too bad the perception of your board wasn't a little better. It just didn't have any.

Huron_1969

Remarkable! Fox has an affair that impacts his performance and in the process uncovers and revives a multitude of other wrongful deeds and you conclude it is our "citizens" fault!

You are demonstrating the same lack of morals as Sold as you find no fault in a public official who has proven himself to be a liar and cheat

Julie R.

I thought the affair was over years ago so how did that impact his performance with the schools --- and besides, the Huron schools were doing good under his management. The affair he had was also something between him and his wife, it should not have been made the business of the entire city of Huron. That was pure bullsh*t to bring that out.

Huron_1969

By conducting what should have been his personal business on school property during core working hours. To make matters worse, fox involved another employee who was innocent.

wiredmama222

please list the employees position who was involved that was innocent that Fox involved in this matter. How was she involved? How did this impact anything and in what way is she involved? What impact did this have on the school or work? Specifics please? Just trying to understand the facts.

wiredmama222

Huron 69....where are my answers....I am waiting

Tsu Dho Nimh

Here is your answer: he left the board office on numerous occassions claiming to visit the elementary building under the pretense that the principal needed assistance. The frequency and length of his absences were such that he allowed the rumor that he was having an affair with her run rampant. I am sure that if your reputation or your daughter's reputation was at stake, you would have a problem with it. This is just one of many examples where his leadership skills were lacking.

wiredmama222

TDN...when did YOUR name become Huron 1969?

Tsu Dho Nimh

Did not realize this was a private discussion. You asked a question and someone gave an answer. No need to be nasty.

wiredmama222

When I want YOUR answer, I will ask for it.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Wired...what is your problem? You posted a question on a public forum, and I answered it. I was not nasty with you nor ugly. If you cannot play nice, maybe you should drop out of the discussion. You have a lot to say and always try to prove everyone wrong. You come across as you know what the law says, you know exactly what has happened in board meetings, and cannot acknowledge that anyone's point of view can be valid. Most folks outside of Huron do not bother to keep up with the saga of Fred Fox so I would be curious as why you care and why you need to insult our community. This is not really a question so please consider this not asking for your opinion.

wiredmama222

Why don't you just stop posting comments to me. I have nothing further to say to someone who lies like you do, answers for others when the post was NOT directed to YOU in the first place.

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