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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In the Markling report and ODE hearing the District accused Fox of ethics violation of ORC 102.3 D&E. And they stated that those gifts were given by Nelson. If you accuse somebody of violation of 102.03D&E then you accuse the gift giver of violation of ORC 102.03F which states "No person shall promise or give to a public official or employee anything of value that is of such a character as to manifest a substantial and improper influence upon the public official or employee with respect to that person’s duties." You can't have one without the other. That being said I can't see how the District has come even close to meeting the "manifest a substantial and improper influence" burden.


It seems the school board rolled the dice hoping the state board would back them up on their complaints. They lost and the state stands behind Mr. Fox. They were told to restore the job to Mr. Fox. The State has nothing involved in this one way or the other so if the board is wise, they should restore the job to him until the contract is finished and then let him go.

Otherwise it would seem they are giving him reason to continue lawsuits on a breach of contract, would it not? That is what this is: a breach of contract at this point. How many residents want to see even more taxpayer money expended and insurance money NOT paid out to cover it even for punitive damages, just to get rid of one man?

That's money that could go for their children's education. At this point, now long could his contract be for? A few more years? Then they do not have to renew it and they are off the hook with Fox. That is sure better than battling this through a court where they are sure to lose even more money I would think. This is a no brainer.

Still Sold

From what I read in the 2700+ documents, Fred Fox's contract runs through 2014. I agree.. Settle the mess.


If the OEC rules in Fox's favor, which judging from the lack of evidence, is most likely then a Breach of Contract lawsuit will be the least of the board's worries. Think libel, slander, and defamation of character suits from Fox, Nelson, and Kalahari. Imagine paying his salary and benefits for him to sit at home until he is eligible to retire, because this fiasco prevents him from being unable to get a job. How much would that cost? Say nothing of the punitive damages that could result. A settlement and apology now,before they loose what little leverage they have if the OEC rules for Fox, makes a lot of sense. A settlement after a favorable ruling for Fox will cost a whole lot more.


if having a affair while your on the taxpayer dime. isnt worth losing your job nothing is. school systems are becoming like the mofia. shake down the public with threats and levys. But we will always take care of our own. if this were a private company he would of been fired on the spot. unions have to be mad that there ways are playing out in the public eye. plus what kind of a man would keep this in the public eye with his wife watching. man up and go away

Not Yer Pa

The G.E.D. test really needs to add a writing section. That was painful to read.


Pa...I agree...WOW


GED apparently needs a reading comprehension section also.


Absolutely, I'll sign you up


@cast the first stone: You should have learned from what the State said, the emotional evidence of this matter has NOTHING to do with what the board did whatsoever, so why harp on it? You may believe what you are saying but the State finds it to be worthless towards his work. You have no grounds for firing him where this is concerned. If I were you, I would just drop it. It is none of your business. Its his personal life not yours.


Cast, unions have nothing to do with this. Fox and other school administrators are not union members. Admin positions are not union positions.
Berlin, if you've only read 245 pages of 2700, I don't think you can use that on which to base your position. Read the whole thing, especially the concerns that were brought up that started this in the first place.
Wired, did you even read it? I for one do not want the man back. Not for one more day, let alone year or two. Many people in this community feel this way. He stole from us. Period. Anyone with judgment that poor should not be leading our schools. Tanny Vonthron said it all.

Sit n Spin

Wired just likes to run her suck about anything and everything. If you were not there and live in Sandumpy or Farmeretta you don't have a dog in this fight so ride off into the sunset on your donkey.


@sit and know, this is sour grapes on your part. I stuck up for him from the beginning and you can't stand the fact that I was right all along. Which part is worse for you to handle? That he is innocent of the charges by the State or that your precious board handled it incorrectly? Whichever is worse, I have as much right to state my opinion as anyone on these boards so go sit and spin, buddy.


he is paid by tax dollars. He is in the school system. Does not matter what rank. It shows the entire way the schools operate

Edwin Ison

Over and over, this has NOTHING to do with unions!

If a bus driver had a sexual tryst on school time, how long would his employment last?

Fred Fox is not in the union.... the union despises his actions.


A big red flag to me is that Tanny Vonthron says the referee's report does not reflect her testimony. How does that happen?


Because that is not what a referee's report does. It renders a decision and rational for that decision.


What interests me is the "toolgate" fiasco and the issues with Mr. Blogett. This actually sounds alot worse than having an affair on school time.

I do not know Tanny Vonthron personally, but I do know her parents and they are stand up people and I would take their word to heart, for me it is hard not to believe what she has said. I do congratulate her for standing up for what she believes is right for our schools.


The country is getting further and further away from telling the difference between what is right and what is wrong anymore and it is eroding our government entities. What is wrong is now what is right and it is sickening that people can't tell the difference. What is happening to our counrty that ethics, morals, charactor,and principles don't stand for anything anymore.


Well said Darkhorse.


Informed...Nelsons name has been a part of this in the paper. It has to do with "possible" free rooms, golf, private jet Wisconsin Kalahari. It's a possible conflict with free goods given and the $500,000 given from Kalahari to Huron. More of a state issue. but it was thrown into the mix.

Still Sold

Ok acorns..
Tanny stood up so she could never be fired. Very intelligent !

Coach Legando stood up and chastized Fred Fox for his morals. That was one of the most amazing things I've ever heard in a public speech. From the man who used an elementary student to deliver notes to his also married and another teacher lover ! He actually broke up two marriages with his tryst, (on company/school time I might add), but is still allowed to work with children.

This thing just goes on and on. Sit N Spin is right that the state needs to be heard from to put this debacle to rest.

If the state finds against Fred Fox after the OEC found for Fred Fox the division will continue.

If the board's legal counsol isn't telling them to settle with Fred Fox I don't know what we are paying them for ? It's time.

Gamble with outcome of another state agency ? Why ?

If I were Fred Fox I sure wouldn't want to work for this board again. And now the big question: Who would ?

I said it above this comment: This board has to look at how this is affecting their personal and professional lives. Is $140 per meeting worth this ?

concerned huron...

"I don't want Washington's problems to become Huron's problems" This slogan was used during the 2011 campaign by a board member. It has bothered me from the beginning because the focus was never on educating the children and quite honestly, what does it mean? Ensuring the government's fiscal problems would not affect Huron school's? Corruption? Greed? Illegal activities? Individuals believing they are above the law and untouchable? These were the thoughts that crossed my mind as I tried to figure out what "I don't want Washington's problems to become Huron's problems" meant.

I do not know nor understand what led to this fiasco, but as a parent with children in the district, this makes me sick to my stomache. All I can do is shake my head in disbelief and wonder if this could have been handled differently, in such a way as to not have completely divided the community?

Still Sold

A very good question, Concerned !

It is actually in the 2700+ documents that it was suggested to evaluate Fred Fox and include the 'issues' in the evaluation. At that point the board of ed would have been documenting their questions of Fred Fox and he would have been given a chance to answer the issues.

This could have been kept reasonably quiet and both sides probably would have come to an agreement. This is not 'sweeping it under the rug'.. this is the way a business does business. Unfortunately, this board does not know how to 'do business'. Tim SOWecke's arrogance and the way he took it upon himself to deliver the Markling Creeport making it a public document caused the entire community to divide.

Yes, Concerned.. This could have been handled better.


Actually, it was and still is, Fred Fox's actions and conduct that started this fiasco. Everything else is secondary

Still Sold

Listen.. You are more intelligent than this ?

The referee said: exhonerated. (period)
He said no foul. Fred Fox did nothing wrong,
(especially nothing that affected his job performance)

What does it take for you to understand how simple this is ? Fred Fox's actions did not require splitting the entire community. When are you acorns going to get that if this was handled properly, you and I wouldn't be having this conversation ?


The referee is a lawyer that has rendered his unofficial opinion. It has the same clout as the Markling report. They were both bought and paid for, yet neither one demonstrates a sense of objectivity and both are biased. Bottom line is neither one is a judicial decision.

Still Sold

When are you acorns going to get that if this was handled properly, you and I wouldn't be having this conversation ?


He is a lawyer. But his opinion is OFFICIAL!! It is the official opinion of the ODE and the hearing, procedure there of, and his opinion are provided for in the Ohio Revised Code. That gives his decision a lot of clout. He is a neutral objective hearing officer that was CHOSEN BY BOTH PARTIES. His decision was not "bought and paid for" by anyone. The Markling report is not official and was bought and paid for by only one party, the 3 members of the school board. When it comes to reports like these I always remember what a lawyer once told me "He whose bread I eat, is who's story I tell." Oh and BTW since you agree that the Markling report is not objective and is biased how do you think it could possibly be used as a basis for any accusations? Shouldn't a report of such a nature review the evidence in an unbiased and objective nature to be of any use for advising on further actions or making of accusations?


Both documents are a joke.... and you embrace one of them