Huron board fires back at Fox conspiracy claim

A faction of Huron school board members are firing back at fellow board member Kevin Asher's claim about a grand conspiracy against embattled superintendent Fred Fox.
Jessica Cuffman
Nov 20, 2012

Board member Kevin Asher and attorney Patrick Murray, who represents Fox, have previously filed court documents accusing the majority of the board members of holding a personal vendetta against Fox.

In court documents filed this past week, however, Fox's opponents said any notion of a conspiracy theory is not only false, but also irrelevant.  

"Asher's brief includes more than a dozen pages of irrelevant, speculative, false and defamatory conspiracy theories masquerading as 'facts,'" stated documents filed by Drew Legando, attorney for board members Tim Sowecke and Donna Green. "Its outlandish claims have nothing to do with the issues presented by the motions pending before the court."

Read the court filings. Click HERE to see the originial conspiracy claims.

For more on the ongoing legal battles, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register.

 

Comments

Tsu Dho Nimh

Now I am a "bottom feeder"? Wow, I will take that as a compliment.

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I always take it as a compliment when you have nothing to add to the post and resort to cheap shots at me. I really am not on trial here, TDN.

But, if the 'bottom feeder' shoe fits, wear it. What I actually said was more 'legal' BS, but used Retiree's favorite term.

UgtaBkdnMe

Sorry Sold and Tsu but Mama wasn't addressing you. Her rules ! :(

Tsu Dho Nimh

BTW, checked my records and Mr. Sowecke completed a requisition in January PRIOR to attending the conference and his mileage was for January 2012 - unlike Mr. Asher who put in a requisition AFTER he attended a conference and submitted a food receipt with a date that is prior to his round trip mileage date to Columbus. I have a copy of all the conference and travel purchase orders and reimbursements for all board members, including former member Nancy Bulea. She attended a conference and did not file a requisition for the trip until 5 weeks after the fact. Ohio law requires that it be submitted prior. Looks like Mr. Sowecke knows how to follow the rules :)

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Good homework, TDN !
Why would you ever submit a requisition before you went on the trip ?

The requisition is for reimbursement.. How can you be reimbursed before you go ?

Tsu Dho Nimh

It is real simple: Ohio law requires for public entities, and most employers do also, that a requisition be submitted for expenses. Then the treasurer issues a purchase order number. Once the purchase order number is issued, the employee can then order the item, go on the trip, make reservations, etc. Sometimes the employer submits a purchase order number to the vendor (such as booking a conference, ordering textbooks and such). Typically, the employee pays for the costs out of pocket and submits the expenses with the purchase order after the purchase/event. There is a special process for people who cannot follow the rules and that requires the treasurer to attach a then and now statement. That, my foolish friend, is how the process goes. Verify it with the treasurer.

Tsu Dho Nimh

"Purchases for goods and services are requested on an approved purchase requisition. Purchase requisitions must be created and approved before a commitment is made to a vendor." Mr. Sowecke follows the law but the honorable Kevin Asher and the has-been Nancy Bulea apparently are exempt. Oh yea, I forgot to mention that Fred Fox approved the late purchase requisitions just like he approved 10 years of purchases from Huron Cement.

UgtaBkdnMe

Sorry to inform you Sold but Mama wasn't addressing her comment to you. Her rules are not to respond to her unless she has addressed you !

Justme...

Wired - you really are clueless, yet you post as if you know what you are talking about. This process began at the end of the last school year.

wiredmama222

Justme....Why is it that you need to be so insulting? Can you not speak to me without doing so? When do I insult you when speaking to you?...try never. I just don't understand people who have to do that. I guess you must feel threatened or you are just that impolite in real life. Whatever.

Whenever the process started, your school board IS responsible for the downfall and this mess. If the school is having trouble keeping things going now, as reported, they have no one to blame but themselves. Trouble breeds more trouble. It always has and always will. What a shame that those who suffer the most are the kids. I feel sorry for them.

Justme...

..."as reported" by a couple of bloggers. AGAIN, just becuase they say it doesn't make it so. And I'm sorry I was insulting. Truely. Some will say this started with the board and some will say it started with the superintendent.

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Nice post, Justme !
Shows some class.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Wired... the board removed Mr. Fox from his position prior to the school year and the deputy superintendent was hired in August. As far as when was the last time the board held a meeting that addressed the real concerns of educating kids, that was the October board meeting. The reason they could get back to business is because the board president apologized for allowing a particular citizen get out of control in September (Fred Fox's mouthpiece - aka Mr. Ice Cream)and this citizen does not have what it takes to get up and address the board in the public portion when a police officer is present. It is Fred Fox's friends that get ugly when addressing the board and tries to 'bring up dirt' on everyone.

wiredmama222

TDN....Perhaps so, whatever the reason that this mess started, and whoever the worm can was opened by, it created a real mess. I don't think those closest to the situation see it for what it really is. That's pretty normal when you live in a mess such as this. Perhaps the best view is from a distance where the big picture is the clearest and you aren't as "involved" as those who are living it.

From outside we see it much differently. We see a bunch of people arguing over some really petty differnces that could have been handled much differntly and much better. This mess could have been handled discreetly, in private, without making a mockery of anyone's life. The school board could have quietly and discreetly called Mr Fox in and given him their complaints. They could have asked him to get council and then told him he was fired for just cause had they felt they had reason. Instead they chose to embarrass him publically, accuse him publically of all kinds of things (some of which definetly turned out not to be true) and then turned this into a war zone that smacks of conspiracy, conduct unbecoming a board of education, liars, cheats, and groups of people being pulled one way and another on BOTH sides of the table.

It really looks bad for EVERYONE, not one group or the other. If the good people of Huron want to come out of this with some sort of dignity intact then someone needs to put a stop to this now. Someone needs to be the bigger person and say "ENOUGH" and stop the garbage and end this. Right now everyone looks like a good candidate for the Jerry Springer show.

The people of Huron don't need this. Truthfully, I thought there was more dignity than that in Huron, but there isn't. What a shame this is the example your kids are seeing. It isn't pretty. In fact, its down right ugly and I would think sooner or later some adult would realize this isn't the example they want to set for the kids of Huron and put a stop to it.

It isn't the "supporters of Fox" or the "supporters of the board", its about the kids and nothing more. When someone realizes THAT, then maybe they will grow up enough to realize they are hurting the very people they are pretending to protect. Right now, they aren't protecting anyone.

Darwin's choice

Great post!

Tsu Dho Nimh

Wired... I agree with you that this has got out of hand but that is where my agreement ends. There are several allegations against Mr. Fox that cannot be ignored, no matter how ugly this gets. In March, the evidence that supported the allegations were available. Three board members wanted to pass it along to the OEC and ODE but 2 board members wanted to ignore it. This is supported by public records. According to the policies of the OEC and ODE, if in doubt, the board should err on the side of caution and submit the allegations. This is not my opinion rather it is the policy and the board needed to follow it. Kevin Asher is the one board member who has consistently put the negative out in the public light. The Three Stooges, as Sold refers to them, until filing in response to Kevin Asher's request for an injunction, have not spoken publicly against the two board members. Kevin Asher has spoken time and time again against the three at board meetings. His grandstanding was not in response to questions from the audience but planned speeches. He submitted a letter to the Huron Hometown News, which was full of untruths that can be proven by public records, and called the other board members liars.

If Mr. Asher and Mr. Caporini would have agreed to do the right thing in March, then this could have been handled differently. Everytime the issue settles down and the community does not focus on the Fred Fox fiasco, Keven Asher files something or makes a public statement. The bottom line is that Fred Fox has done numerous things that violates the guidelines of ODE and possibly the OEC. Just because it has become ugly does not mean that we drop it.

I personally do not have a personal connection to anyone involved, unlike Sold. However, I cannot as a taxpayer and a member of this community ignore what is going on. When this is all said and done, Wired, you will see how deep and tangled the roots are between Fred Fox and board members Asher and Caporini.

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Wow, Mama can you see that calling this 'conspiracy' three board members trying to do the right thing makes it sound all different ?

On and on and on. The 3 Stooges haven't an ounce of class or dignity and each has their own problem they are going to publicly need to deal with soon. TDN's heroes tried to blow this whole thing past Caporini and Asher as if they weren't paying attention. I guess they were ?

It is documented that the board's attorney outlined to the board how to introduce the Markling report in order to keep it between the OEC, the board and Fred Fox, but one member, (and I loosly refer to him as a member because the man has accomplished nothing but chaos), but one member decided to take this in his own hands and run with it to make the Markling report public and smear Fred Fox publicly. And there's actually a 2.5 million lawsuit against Tim SOWecke now for his actions.

TDN claims not to be 'involved' with anyone here, but I beg to differ. And because I would like to see Fred Fox get through this with 'his guarenteed by being an American rights in place', I have affiliation.

When this is all said and done there will be 9 happy attorneys, 3 recalled/convicted board members, 2 other board members un-re-electable, an unhappy lynch mob, and a superintendent doing the same job and eventually getting Kalahari back where they were.. Sharing with Huron.

Affiliations aside the 3 in majority think they make the rules, but unfortunately for them they don't have only TDN to answer, to.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold...contrary to what you believe, prior to this mess I only new people by name. I met Mr. Sowecke while in Ace Hardware and Mr. Caporini when paying a bill and shopping for basesment windows. I told you a long time ago that I am a move in. Apparently you think I am a young attorney from the area. I will take that as a compliment for what I have seen from him, I think he will have an impressive career.

UgtaBkdnMe

Sorry to inform you Sold but Mama wasn't addressing her comment to you. She was addressing Tsu. Her rules are not to respond to her unless she has addressed you !

Sit n Spin

Drum roll please........

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Hahahaha.. Ok Spinner.
I'm going to take a moment to read the info provided. RUKidding and PS you have hit the nail squarely on the head, and to roll it back a bit: Try finding out what kind of 'school business' has been done since Tim SOWecke was elected.

BRB..

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Bam ! There it is..

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Well that all was some 'interesting' reading.
I found this part to be especially interesting:

Motion to Strike; Page 4 of 6:
'Plainteff Asher and Superintendent Fox claim there were numerous illegal meetings held with Huron board members before the Feb 21, 2012 hiring of attorney Markling without the knowledge or presence of Asher or Fox'

'Because plainteff Asher and Superintendent Fox were not present during, or had no knowledge of such meetings held before the Feb 21, 2012 hiring of attorney Markling, how could either Asher or Fox testify to any facts based on personal knowledge ?'

Ok.. I am a man walking across a road on a cross walk.
I get hit by a car driven by one of the 3 Stooges.
I file suit that they/the Stooge drove through the crosswalk and hit me.
The Stooge(s) counter sue that because I wasn't in the car and had no knowledge that they were coming down the road, that they actually did not exist and the accident never happened ?

This mess is going to continue like a snowball rolling down hill picking up size and speed.

Neither opponent is giving up, nor I have a feeling will they.

Wouldn't it have been simpler to evaluate Fred Fox annually like his contract called for ?
(and by the way, this board missed 2 evaluations)

If Fred Fox was doing such a bad job why were his evaluations all top scores across the board ?

Why, instead of passing along the Markling report to the public, wouldn't this board use the Markling report as the basis for Fred Fox's evaluation, and 'grade' Fred Fox accordingly ?

Why wasn't doing their 'jobs' as they have been entrusted by Huron's voters to do, enough ?

Why did this threesome find it necessary to go above and beyond the accepted procedure and try to crucify Fred Fox in public ?

Why ?

Could it have anything to do with the fact that Fred Fox was still doing his job the way he always did and the threesome needed to smear him publicly in order to 'make a public case against' Fred Fox ?

All of these lawyers and legal talk and where is one ounce of 'school business' getting done ? I guess if the school system can go on 'business as usual' that we really don't need a board of education. (Especially not this one).

Justme...

Sold its not that hard to understand. If the meetings were in secret, how does Asher know they took place? Saying it doesn't make it so.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Justme...well said. Here is an example of the lies they tell: Asher and Caporini have stated publicly that they were not part of the selection process of the deputy superintendent and that the search was conducted in a rush manner. This is not true. Emails started the day after the mid-June meeting, when Mr. Fox was suspended from duty, regarding the search for an interim superintendent. The legal advice came from the board's attorney and the emails, and all 5 board members were recipients, told them to act immediately. Also, Mr. Caporini was suppose to be in attendance during the mid-July interview process with Mr. Fernbaugh. There is an email from the board president to Mr. Caporini a few days prior thanking him again for being part of the search committee and confirmed the date and time they were to meet with Mr. Fernbaugh. I do not know why Mr. Caporini did not attend but he most definitely was included in the process. What was the point in lying?

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You're right, JustYou, it's not that hard to understand that secret meetings ARE ILLEGAL ! Saying it's so means it's so.. Illegal.

Tsu Dho Nimh

You are right, Sold. The 3 board members held "secret" meetings just like John Caporini says he was not part of the screening/hiring process for the deputy superintendent.

"Lies eventually reveal the truth about those telling them."

donutshopguy

Sold,

Guess we don't need a superintendent too. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

As Mr. Fox's real estate buddy called it "Hot Huron".

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Hahaha.. Hot Huron !.. (That was good but Huron's not so hot anymore.. How about 'Lukewarm Huron' !)

Informed

Drew Legando certainly did his homework! He always was a brilliant guy, went to Georgetown I believe. Fox is toast and is grasping at straws with the help of Asher.

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