Huron school board tables Fox vote

No reinstatement tonight.
Sandusky Register Staff
Mar 19, 2013

After nearly 90 minutes of anticipation, the Huron school board declined on Monday to make a decision whether to reinstate fired district superintendent Fred Fox. 

The board vote was 3-2 in favor of tabling the motion. 

Audience members spoke for about 55 minutes before the vote was taken, including Kalahari owner Todd Nelson.

Check back here for updates and for video of the meeting. 

Be sure to pick up Wednesday's Register for the full story on the meeting and to read more on what Fox's supporters and detractors had to say. Also in Thursday's Register: A story on the budget crisis just on the horizon for Huron Schools.

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Comments

Sit n Spin

See we agree on some things, this entire drama is disgusting ! I agree with the Todd Nelson comment also but he is never going to receive that apology.

Sit n Spin

It was also quite obvious Freddie does not have much support within the community except for the dozen or so people that followed the Bulea shame on you speech with their golf clap. I hope all 5 board members took notice of this.

UgtaBkdnMe

Did you catch that Caporini said the one citizen has been on a rampage ? WTH ??? He really showed his colors !

Sit n Spin

It's comical in a sense to see certain individuals called out on the carpet & see their reactions / body language. You can tell they dont get that type heat delivered to them very often :) I wonder what he really wanted to say to her ! Lol !

UgtaBkdnMe

Well, I don't think he wanted to ask her out for lunch ! LOL

Still Sold

I didn't see the first part, Spinner.

Was it Ms. Catri, (aka TDN), that Caporini was talking about ?

Sit n Spin

Yep, she was trying to run Cap over the coles with the conflict of interests with Huron Cement and being a board member bit. She also asked Asher why he has a problem with Sowecke being a vendor to the district when Huron Cement has been a vendor to the district for years and you never had a problem with it. What say you now Mr. Asher and Caporini ?
The look on their faces was priceless ! Haha !

Still Sold

I don't know if you'll see this Spinner, but Huron Cement NEVER deals directly with the school district. The actually always have a 'middle man' contractor who buys their products.

If Tim Sowecke even put his ACE in his wife's name the school district still couldn't deal directly with ACE.

If I was SOWecke I'd say take this seat and shove it. Look what it is doing to him personally and fiscally.

nobodyfromnowhere

If Huron Cement dealt directly with the school district there should be a substantial paper trail. Why hasn't anybody found this and posted it? Sit, Tsu this should be right up your alley. My guess is that it is as Sold says. Since Huron Cement usually sells in bulk, and for large projects the schools send the work out for bids by contractors. Lowest most appropriate wins and they can source the materials from whom ever they please, including Huron Cement.

UgtaBkdnMe

Someone forwarded this email to me and it was FREE MAN ! Public record !

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Gaschen, Dane
Date: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 3:51 PM
Subject: Ethics Concerns and Course of Dealing Exception [BRICKER-WS.FID191447]
To: michael_weis@huron-city.k12.oh.us

Mike,
In response to Ms. Catri’s questions from this morning. The one statute at issue is R.C. 2921.42. In terms of whether the course of dealing exception applies, as noted in Ethics Opinion 90-003 (copy sent separately this morning) on page 4 it notes that if any material changes are made in the agreement between the parties the sales would not fall within the exemption because such changes alter the original understanding between the parties. Separately, in Ethics Opinion 90-005 (copy sent separately this morning) the Ethics Commission stated that each individual sale was a separate transaction and thus prevented the continuing course of dealing exception from applying. This would appear to be particularly applicable to your situation with the hardware store. Additionally, I have attached three other Ethics Opinions that addressed the exception in 2921.42. All of these would show that each contract that Mr. Caporini is involved in would need to be considered separately and does not constitute a continuing course of action. Further, there is an additional statute (attached) R.C. 3313.33 which prohibits a board member from having directly or indirectly any pecuniary interest in any contract of the board. So, even if you could get past the ethical considerations, R.C. 3313.33 prevents board members from having a pecuniary interest –directly or indirectly – in any contract entered into by the Board.
I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need anything additional.
-Dane

UgtaBkdnMe

pecuniary -consisting of or given or exacted in money or monetary payments
indirectly - not in a direct course or path

Sorry Cap, she's right !

nobodyfromnowhere

Ok now please provide the background info and context for this opinion. Still waiting for some reciepts too.

UgtaBkdnMe

Can't post receipts because they are pdf files. I gave an example of a check #, date, vendor and amount on another post. The context you ask ? The question posed was why the district is no longer using Ace Hardware or Huron Cement. This is what Brickler and Eckler provided for the concerned citizen. Huron Cement didn't change the nature of its business. Asher tried to mess over Sowecke and exposed Caporini.

james4

They(the 3 board members) need to grow some kuhunies and cast your vote! This is an embarrassment to our school system our town. We are the laughing stock of the area. Stand up for what you believe and show it. Cast your vote......one way or the other...

Sit n Spin

They are waiting on the OEC to chime in...has nothing to do with kuhunies.

nobodyfromnowhere

They are playing chicken with a train and using taxpayer money to do it!

Sit n Spin

This taxpayer is willing to wait on the OEC report & I'm sure the majority of the community in attendance tonight would express the same.

UgtaBkdnMe

Just like Fox was playing grab butt and using the taxpayer money to do it !

UgtaBkdnMe

Just like Fox was playing grab butt and using the taxpayer money to do it !

nobodyfromnowhere

Grab Butt yes, using taxpayer money no.

google me

If they didn't have "kuhunies" they would have swept it under the rug like the other two that actually are the ones without "kuhunies" or cojones.

kris63063

AGAIN this was a show of the waste of time and money spent on a decision that was. And has been made way before this evening. It is clear that this Board is never going to make a decision, if you drag your feet long enough maybe Mr Nelson will either own or bankrupt the district by your show of stupidity.

The Rudy

The affair with the Fremont principal is enough by itself for termination. If Fox had a smidgeon of integrity at all he would have resigned already. In my private industry salary job, if I used the company computer to send emails like that, and carried on during the day like those two reportedly did, I would be terminated immediately and I would have been ashamed of my conduct.

nobodyfromnowhere

Apparently it wasn't. Then once the District went public with their allegations and released the report, Fox had nothing to lose and everything to gain by fighting it all the way. Thus far that has been a good call for him as he already won a major victory. An OEC ruling favorable to him would be a major knock down hit to the District.

Sit n Spin

Totally agree. What parent would want their children under the leadership of an admitted adulterer ? A leader leads by example, end of story. Freddie has done this to himself & it was exposed. The same could be said about the football coach. When you conduct yourself in an immoral manner on the taxpayers dollar your credibility is shot and you no longer have the ability to lead. The Huron Community came out in full force tonight and it is quite apparent that they are behind the board majority & the administrators that came forward.

Huron_1969

Fox may win a few battles, but he he lost the war.
The majority of the community wants him gone.

nobodyfromnowhere

You are thinking about the wrong war. Its not a war to stay in Huron, Im confident even he knows that ship has sailed. The war is now to save his name on the ethics charges and secure his financial future. That is a war he will most likely win, and it will cost the District A LOT of money that it apparently does not have. Not to mention a more and more likely up comming war with Nelson and Kalahari.

good old boy

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berlinrdgang

T. Lagando sure does love to hear himself speek! I wonder what was going through T. Nelsons mind when he sat there listening to the one guy who is enjoying his donation to Huron more than anybody, bash his friend? lol

After reading 245 pages of the 2700 documents and watching this video, I am almost lost on all this. What I read up to date, seems awful fishy to me.... Don't know who to believe at this point. I have no ties to anybody on the board or the school system, but I do know many through working on the schools over the years and I can tell you this, collusion is rampant in this little town and the buddy system is in full effect.

Informed

Ugta, Caporini's attitude toward the Catri woman is exactly the same as it is any time someone questions him, even in regard to a very mundane, trivial matter. He did it to me in an email years ago when all I did was email board members to give some concerns about the school calendar. He was extremely rude and disrespectful to me in his reply. I can only imagine how he treated the 3 board members about Fox.
Tanny Vonthron said it all. She is a wonderful person, teacher, principal, and leader. And she's had to guts to stand up for what was right for her students and this community.
I have never met nor heard Todd Nelson before this broadcast. What an arrogant man! I don't recall ever seeing in the paper or hearing at a board meeting anything about him and his family. The charges were against Fox, not Nelson. Nelson was never accused of wrongdoing. Too bad he can't separate himself from Freddie.
Craig Bulea, you sounded like a complete moron! The three board members didn't do this. Fox did it. Put the blame where it belongs. Maybe if your wife had opened her eyes years ago, some of this would never have happened.

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