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

nobodyfromnowhere

I embrace the Official one returned by the neutral party. You didn't answer my questions.

nobodyfromnowhere

Still waiting...

nobodyfromnowhere

To answer your last question it absolutely could have and should have!!

wiredmama222

@concerned citizen....had your BOE handled their concerns with Mr. Fox in a proper manner from day one, NONE of this would have happened. But certain members of your BOE let their emotions get the better of them and control their common sense, their thinking and their control to do what they knew was right. Some of them were out to embarrass the man and that is exactly what they did. Had they done what they should have done, NONE of this would have happened. Instead, they have caused an embarrassing situation to go viral and opened themselves up to a potentially huge lawsuit that could cost your school thousands upon thousands of dollars. I pray that they will settle this matter quickly and quietly, move on and simply qualsh this matter with a little noise as they can. Enough shame has been mustered as it is. The kids, heaven knows, should be coming first. Not the adults acting like a bunch of nuts.

Still Sold

Next it will be Fred Fox's Mom's fault for having him.

Fred Fox has been exhonerated.
The Huron Board of Education knew better than to fight this thing out in public again. The 3 Stooges fully plan not to put Fred Fox back to work, but did not have the other report, yet, hoping it will back up their decision.

So.. If/When the report comes back, once again, exhonerating Fred Fox.. What will we have to talk about then ?

Sit n Spin

Nothing...and I may shed a tear or two ! Who will I get to banter with on a daily basis ? But....and it's a big BUT :) What if the OEC does rule in favor of the board ? Our bantering can continue, atleast for a little while !

Still Sold

No doubt, Spinner.

I'm going to miss you, 1969 and TDN among others. But it is going to be a great day when we have nothing to talk about.

Sit n Spin

Sad but true...I'm ready for it to come to an end also, one way or another.

Still Sold

I don't know if you'll see this Spinner, but Huron Cement NEVER deals directly with the school district. They 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.

I don't think people invision that getting a seat on a board could actually harm their business. This 'law' is harmful to board member's businesses. That's why most people who run are retired from something or another. Conflict of interest is too broad of a term. It's in place so that people who own ACE's, or any other business, can't get a seat on the board and then force the district to buy from them. I understand it, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

UgtaBkdnMe

Public record and it was FREE MAN !

---------- 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

Did you catch the "INDIRECTLY" part ?

UgtaBkdnMe

Sorry Sold ! Ms. Catri shared her documents with folks last night and guess what....................she had a stack of payments made out to Huron Cement about 2 inches thick and some were for $3,000 and $5,000. You'd better check with the treasurer before you run you mouth. Hey, they're FREE MAN !

Still Sold

Don't want you to think I missed this, Ugtta.

We are in total agreement about this: Everyone needs to be legal !

No exceptions.

I will bet one thing: Huron Cement will be able to show that they charged no more than cost on any invoice. It's just a hunch, but I am betting on Huron Cement's bookkeeper !

Honestly, Huron Cement gives a lot to the Huron City Schools.
(But.. That gives them no right to make a profit on the Huron City Schools because of this antiquated law)

nobodyfromnowhere

No matter which way the OEC rules we will all be talking for a long time. This is not going away anytime soon. This has a minimum of at least another 6 months in it, but I'd guess we will be talking bout this in 2014.

berlinrdgang

After reading more of the pages and some discussion with friends and family, I actually believe that the school board has just reasons to fire Mr Fox, but lacked the evidence needed to do so. In turn I believe they went on a witch hunt looking for any evidence and/or reason to fire Mr Fox.

This is a debacle at best and the school board should of waited for more evidence or held a meeting with Mr Fox to discuss his actions and documented it all for the future.
I believe there is corruption here in Huron and Mr Fox may be the ring leader, but the school board, with bad advice , made some very harsh decisions that may take our school system along time to recover from....

I will tell you this, even with kids in the system for at least another 6 years, I will be hard pressed to ever vote for another levy with these clowns running the show...

Isn't It Obvious

After following this Fiasco from a distance (it's better than anything on TV, I don't live in your community and haven't taken sides; just observed) the plot kept twisting & turning into a real mystery of who-done-it with so many flawed characters that it really ought to be made into a movie. But I digress. I was woken from a sound sleep last night at 2a.m. by my eureka moment after tuning in to the lastest episode. Facts state that it all began when Tanny Von... started complaining about her boss. Skip the middle of this convoluted story to arrive at what happened last night. Tanny spoke to try to explain her words were misunderstood... or did she? or was it her first public appearance to politic for her boss's old job? All those yellow shirts worn in support makes you think. Man, you'd think there'd be an easier way to apply for the job. But thanks for the entertainment. Sad for your district that it cost so much and they're not even getting any royalties in return.

Justme...

She didn't say her words were mistunderstood. She said the report didn't accurately reflect her testimony. You've got it all in front of you: Read her testimony and read the ODE report and decide for yourself. All your questions are answered.

Justme...

She didn't say her words were mistunderstood. She said the report didn't accurately reflect her testimony. You've got it all in front of you: Read her testimony and read the ODE report and decide for yourself. All your questions are answered.

Still Sold

Now that you mention it..
It is pretty obvious.

And Tanny is the instramental piece in this puzzle.

Huron_1969

That's a really cheap shot that I didn't think you were capable of.... lower the bar some more

Still Sold

Listen 69..
I didn't mean it in a bad way. This is all about politics and Tanny obviously knows how to play them. I think she will be a great superintendent some day. Just not today.

Julie R.

RE: Isn't It Obvious: Your comment that this all started because of Tanny VonThron shows your ignorance of the situation. That lady is by far the best thing that ever happened to the Huron schools.

Still Sold

Julie R-
That's like the first time you ever stayed on topic.. APPLAUSE !!!

Tanny's great, but as I stated earlier: This girl is really good at the game of politics. She has no fault in this, but has everything to gain from it. Watch her go !

Julie R.

@ Still Sold: Better not tempt me with your applause. As you know, when it comes to certain other Huronites, I can go off topic real quick! (chuckle-chuckle)

Still Sold

lol

Informed

RV, while Nelson was in the paper, he wasn't ever accused of any wrongdoing. The responsibility fell with Fox to not accept the gifts. Nelson was never accused of anything. And I don't recall ever seeing anything negative about his family.

nobodyfromnowhere

Informed you are incorrect. 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.

Still Sold

Informed-
There's a blurry line between calling someone a vendor and calling someone a co-defendent in this case. They owe Todd Nelson an apology as he has done nothing wrong, but he and his company have been totally drug through the mud.

Darkhorse

Fox should never have gotten near that thing with Kalarhari, just the appearance of it makes you wonder where the common sense was at the time they did it. Wow! I don't think OEC is going to let him off so easily. That is serious, serious stuff. Both those guys should have known enough to distance themselves from anything looking like a conflict of interest.

nobodyfromnowhere

Fox got near Kalihari and the school district got $500,000 and was probably going to get even more. They didn't seem to mind then. As I said above there has to be proof that the gift "...manifest a substantial and improper influence..." The District is far from meeting that burden. Heck they can't even say what the value of the alleged discount was because their investigator didn't bother to try and find out.

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