21 apply for Huron super spot

(UPDATED 4 p.m. Wednesday with PDFs of final two applications)
Sandusky Register Staff
May 29, 2013

Officials at Huron Schools said up to 21 people have applied for the superintendent's position, although resumes were available for only 19 of the applicants. They originally only provided documents relating to 15 applicants, but later added the others. 

The provided resumes are attached here as PDFs. The school district redacted the applicants' home addresses and contact information.

Want to go?

WHAT: Huron school board meeting

WHERE: Shawnee Elementary School’s board conference room, 712 Cleveland Road E., Huron

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. today

WHY: Board members will review applications for the district’s superintendent position, mostly in executive session.

For the full story, pick up Wednesday's Register.

Comments

Tsu Dho Nimh

For some reason, the Register will not touch any story that exposes Asher's and Caporini's real interest in this fiasco. The information is easy to find. You would think that an award winning paper would have what it takes to report every aspect of this story. Alissa's story on page two portrays the Casherini twins as men of principle when the truth is they are two little bullies who need to play to win. If they truly wanted to make there protest respectable, they would have had the courage to state at the May 21st meeting they would not be part of the special meeting that was discussed that night. Instead, they sit there and agree to meet and then do not show up - no warning, just not show up. Now they hide behind a newspaper article. Cowards!

Tsu Dho Nimh

"Also look at the cartoon in the editorial section of the SR and you will get a good look at what people think of those 3 - the uncontrolled majority."

The cartoon is making fun of the entire board situation. Nothing indicates that it is poking fun at three people.

Tsu Dho Nimh

double post

Retiree

like I said before, they make up lies and believe them Tunnel vision

Retiree

Let me explain to you Lennon. I have known Fred Fox since high school. There is no hatred towards him. When this investigation started I did not take any side. I talked to teachers, board members, relatives of the defendant,and other people that were employed by the school. I feel Fox should be fired just for being stupid and getting caught having a extra marital affair. What a stupid move, especially on taxpayers money. I was told by one board member,"somethings just need to be swept under the rug". I told him "your dealing with taxpayers money,boy". People in Huron work hard for their money and don't want it spent foolishly. You have more questionable things that have come to light under the investigation of Fox. The way you sound you must condone his behavior. Well, I do not condone what has transpired over the years. With the affair, bus gate, tool gate and everything else that is questionable, how can you justify his behavior? Don't tell me it was never proven because I know where that bus is, I've seen the tools before some of them were returned. I know the sheriff's report still exists.

This whole situation is criminal and what Fox did is wrong. To abuse hard earned taxpayers money is not ethical. The three board members did their job exposing the corruption. You keep grasping for straws. Do you think anyone is going to believe Asher and Caporini after what they just did? They have a monetary agenda with Fox and do not have the best interest of the schools in their heart. They need to resign immediately.

The report by the referee was bogus. If Fox was so sure he would win, he should have got an arbitrator. The referee's decision is nothing. It is not binding. It is a junk piece of paper that means nothing. It won't get his job back so you might as well quit talking about it. It's not going to happen.

lennon

Justme:

There you go. These are just a few snippets. Sunshine Law and Board policy, repeatedly broken. You can’t take this stuff away – it’s in the record and under oath. Now I’m not going to tell you what sections of the ORC were broken – but there are many. You’re going to have to do some work. But if you couldn’t find these and read the testimony, I doubt you will figure that out. Also – look at the Law and see what the remedy is!

Tr. 770, 2-25, 771, 1-15

Q: You and Mr. Sowecke now acting alone – did you bring Mr. Slocum along with you?
A: Green: Me personally?
Q: Did Mr. Slocum become a part of the – this group of folks that were going to make certain that Tany had somebody outside like a lawyer to talk to?
A: Green: Yes.
Q: Mr. Slocum and a law officer?
Ms. Szuberla: Objection to the characterization.
Q: You don’t know?
A: Green: I didn’t personally ---
Mr. Taich: Do you understand what he means by going along with you?
A: Green: As far as putting in place –
Q: Markling.
A: Green: -- the opportunity?
Q: Yes
A: Green: Okay. Yes.
Q: So the three of you went along with this, right?
A: Green: Yes.
Q: Now did you talk to Mr. Asher and Mr. Caporini about this process?
A: Green: No.
Q: Did they have any idea from your knowledge, any idea this was going on?
A: Green: No.
Q: Was it ever brought up in a meeting?
A: Green: Not until the – you mean the actual like reason?
Q: Did you bring any of this up to Mr. Asher at any time or Mr. Caporini?
A: Green: No.
Q: Now, you understand under the law you can act only as a body, as a panel of five; isn’t that true?

Tr. 1386, 13-25, 1387, 1-23

Q: Did these conversations begin around February 3rd?
A: Sowecke: Yes, they did.
Q: Okay. Now, between February 3rd and February 21st did you include Mr. Slocum in these conversations?
A: Sowecke: Absolutely.
Q: Did you include Mrs. Green in these conversations? She started it.
A: Sowecke: Mrs. Green came to me. I listened to Mrs. Green.
Q: Okay. So Mr. Slocum was involved, Miss Green was involved, and you were involved in these ongoing discussions; is that correct?
A: Sowecke: Uh-huh.
Q: Answer yes.
A: Sowecke: Yes.
Q: Okay, thank you. Now, did you at this time bring this to the attention – this problem that you had, did you bring it to the attention of Mr. Asher?
A: Sowecke: No, I did not.
Q: Is Kevin Asher a member of the school board?
A: Sowecke: Yes, he is.
Q: Did you bring it to the attention of Mr. Caporini?
A: Sowecke: Didn’t – no, I did not.
Q: Is Mr. Caporini a member of the school board?
A: Sowecke: Yes, he is.

Tr. 1876, 8-25, 1877, 1-6

Q: Okay. Now, at that time, in the February 21st meeting, did anyone ever tell you that there had been any whistle blowers around?
A: Asher: No.
Q: Did you know anything about John Ruf or Vonthron, Miss Vonthron having made any complaints about Mr. Fox?
A: Asher: No.
Q: Was that even suggested at the meeting?
A: Asher: No.
Q: So as you sit here today, on February 21st, that was—didn’t exist in your mind?
A: Asher: No, it did not.
Q: When did you first become aware of the fact that there had been something going on with regard to Mr. Fox and complaints about his conduct?
A: Asher: That was at the executive session after the next meeting.
Q: And can you turn to the next meeting, sir, and tell us when that would be?
A: Asher: That was —
Q: I think it maybe March 20th.
A: Asher: I was going to say, I believe it was the March 20th meeting.

Tr. 1375, 14-19

Q: Are you aware of the policies and the law that state that a school board member cannot act individually. A school board member must act as a body? Are you familiar with that policy?
A: Sowecke: No, I’m not.

Tr. 2190, 12-25, 2191, 1-6

Q. And did you express the fact that you thought he had deceived you
A. Caporini: Yes, I thought we had been deceived here, you know, from the standpoint of just lack of information we had been deceived, you know.
Q. And did you know that three members of the board were meeting ---
MS. PIZZA: Objection. That is not established anywhere in this record.
Q: And did you know that three members of the board were working on this so – called investigation of Fred Fox before March 20th?
MS. Pizza: Same objection and also to the characterization.
Mr. Taich: Well you can tell us what you know.
A. Caporini: No, I didn’t know they were working in February. What I do know is when I looked at the billing of Markling that came out, it was spelled out from that time period.

TR. 1886-1887, 12-25, 1887, 1-5

A. Asher: I wasn’t even aware that they had meetings.
Q. Okay. Were you aware that anything was going on between Slocum, Miss Green, and Mr. Sowecke concerning these anonymous complaints?
A. Asher: No
Q. Were you aware of anything going on with regard to them meeting with Lally or an attorney
A: Asher: No.
Q: Were you aware of anybody taking free hours of taking up hours for the – for those folks meeting with an attorney?
A. Asher: No.
Q: Now, is that significant?
A: Asher: I’d say that’s very significant.
Q: Why?
A: Asher: I would say that is a violation of the state’s open meeting laws.
Q: Sunshine Laws.
A: Asher: Sunshine Laws.

TR. (613, 8-25, 614, 1-3)

A. Slocum: BBAA?
Q. Yes, Sir.
A. Slocum: Okay
Q. Okay. It says, first of all, board member authority. Do you see that Sir?
A: Slocum: Yes, I do.
Q: And I have summarized that by saying that because of all the powers of the board lie in its action as a group, individual members should exercise their authority over districts affairs is only as they vote to take action at a legal meeting, an individual board member has power only when the board by vote has delegated authority to him. Do you see that sir?
A. Slocum: Yes, I do.
Q: Okay. Now, when you heard about this complaint, did you take this matter to the members of the board?
A: Slocum: No, I did not.
Q: Did you act individually on your own?
A: Slocum: Yes.

TR. 2187, 1-8

Q. Did you – was one given to you to sign?
A. Caporini: No.
Q. And did you in any have anything to do with approving this?
A: Caporini: No.
Q. Did anybody on the board pass any resolution to approve this authorization?
A. Caporini: No, no.

TR. 2186, 13-25

Q. Now, were you asked to sign an authorization or was an authorization presented at the meeting. And I’m talking about now exhibit 57?
A. Caporini: Ok, they pushed something in front of Kevin and I, and we just kind of pushed the paper work back at them.
Q. Is this the --
A: Caporini: That’s the one that was put in front of Mr. Slocum that Scott signed, yes, that’s correct.
Q. Okay, did you – did you pass any resolution of any kind to authorize the signing of this authorization?
A. Caporini: No, no.

Retiree:
You really hit dead on. The only issue is that you are describing yourself and the supporters of the Uncontrolled Majority and their hench-people. Why don’t you go explore why the State of Ohio sold the Mansfield Reformatory to a private group for $1. Oh! I forgot it is easier for you to make up stuff than read the truth.

Justme...

So all three of them testified they knew two administrators had an issue with the superintendent, but they didn't tell the other two because the administrators were concerned about retaliation. Its a bad situation all around. So they set up a safe haven for that administrator to speak with someone other than the school board in order to protect that person, then they took the information to the entire board prior to launching an investigation. Slocum signed an authorization for that investigation in front of all board members. How do you protect employees? If they had told the other two, would those two have told Fox? We all know the answer to that. Two board members are only concerned about ONE employee. The other three are concerned about ALL employees. I'm thinking those three sleep just fine.

UgtaBkdnMe

Since you are going to post transcripts, you might want to check out this one (Tr. 1965-1966)

Q Mr. Asher, you brought your concerns about
Mr. Sowecke, he owns a hardware store here in town,
to the board immediately after he was elected. Mr.
Caporini has a concrete business, right?

A Yes.

Q And he was selling to the board for several years
also; was he not?

A Yes.

Q And he sold until the time that it was decided
that Mr. Sowecke should not be allowed to sell?

A I don't know when the last time Mr. Caporini
supplied concrete to the school system, but when I
was elected to the board, I brought that issue to
Mr. Fox at that time.

Q Is it your understanding that Mr. Caporini
continued to sell to the board until Mr. Sowecke
was told he was no longer allowed to sell?

A I don't know how much Mr. Caporini sold to the
board, anything, from that period that I was—
that I took office, but I brought —I probably
brought that issue to Mr. Fox's attention on a
number of occasions.

BTW, the board made the last payment to Huron Cement in June 2012. At the end of January, 2012 the maintenance supervisor was quoted an item from Huron Cement that was ordered and delivered in February. The salesman on the quote was Kevin Asher's brother. Gee whiz, do you really believe in a town this size that Kevin would not know that Huron Cement was doing business with the school?

UgtaBkdnMe

Interesting email and it was released by the treasurer.

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 XXXXXXXX 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

Tsu Dho Nimh

But, but, but...Mr. Caporini has never sold directly to the district. He has only sold to the boosters. He even said so at the huge board meeting in March held at McCormick School. Certainly he would not sit on stage and lie to everyone when the lady from the OEC was sitting in the audience. LOL What an idiot!

Retiree

Mister Fox
Q.Did you ever say you were going to have Ms.Green have a nervous breakdown
A No
Q. Did you ever state that to Mr. Lally
A. No
Q. Did Mr. Lally tell you not to go on that golfing trip
A. I don't remember
Q. Did Mr. Nelson ever give you and your party complementary golf
A. No

To purge yourself under oath is against the law. It is not necessary to go on because everything is a lie.
I do not care what the State of Ohio sold for a dollar. The Huron taxpayer is interested in why a school bus was sold for a dollar and the Ohio Revised Code was violated. Maybe I should ask your drinking buddy who no longer works for the school.
The referee's decision means nothing, nothing, nothing.
Lets get this into a court and bring in the mistress. That should be very interesting.
One lie leads to another and one lie after another is really hard to keep your stories straight. Oh, I remember talking about that trip in 2010. It was 2011,oh.
Did you ever lie under oath? I don't remember!!!!!

UgtaBkdnMe

I still can't believe how that goofy referee can state that Fox didn't receive free golf when the emails arranging the trip clearly states he would give them free golf and other stuff.

Informed

And let me remind everyone, the state school reports just came out. Huron again received Excellent with Distinction, even without Fox at the helm. So his so-called fantastic record of achievement had nothing to do with him.

Julie R.

I'm really surprised at all the hate that some of you Huronites have for Fred Fox. I mean, geez. I had a sneaky group of vicious trouble-making Huronites that all worked together in a devious criminal plot to intentionally harm me and another (via criminal acts against my elderly mother at the end of her life) but not even I have as much hate for all those dirt-bags that some of you Huronites have for Fox.

UgtaBkdnMe

Julie, we get that you were cheated but one person being cheated (of which none of knew at the time) is not equal to the Fox situation.

Julie R.

@UgtaBkdnMe: First off, I don't believe the word 'cheated' would be the correct word to use for what those trouble-making attorneys and those dirt-bags from two financial institutions did to an elderly person at the end of her life. Try criminal instead.

Second, I'm still confused over all this amnosity coming from Retiree and others for Fred Fox. I mean, it's not like Fox's lack of ethics i.e. an extra-marital affair, the supposed theft of tools by some of Fox's good buddies and the sale of an old school bus for $1 was done to intentionally and personally bring harm to Retiree and others, so why all the hate?

UgtaBkdnMe

Taking advantage of anyone particularly when it is done when the person has put trust in the crook is wrong. Just as you are angry with the court system and the attorneys involved, Retiree and the rest of us are disgusted with Fred and his crew. We pay taxes and they were supposed to use those taxes to our benefit. They didn't. Some of us actually voted for two of those crooks on the school board to represent us, the taxpayer. Instead they are representing themselves and the good old boys.

Retiree

As I said before, I do not hate Fred Fox. I am discussed with what he did to the taxpayers, teachers, garage and bus employees. My findings show that not many people support Fred or the self proclaimed "model citizens" of Huron. Does anyone feel Fred would be a good role model if he came back? There is no way any school levy would ever pass for what he did with taxpayers money. It's sad the way Fred and the two school board are acting. Fox needs to stop and the two board members need to resign and let the school system start to heal. Fred did this to himself. It was only Fred. Why won't he let it sleep is because what he did is criminal. You can not misuse taxpayers money. Fox's attorney never brought up the fact that the taxpayer's money was misused. The referee's report did not discuss anything about taxpayers money. They must feel it doesn't matter. It does, and I work hard for my money. I do expect it to be used wisely. Not having an affair in another city on my nickel or lying to others as to ware you are. That is not a professional way to act.

Julie R.

Oh, come on already, Huronites. Do you really think I believe that crap that all this amonosity and hate toward Fox and the 2 board members are because Fox misused taxpayer money? What a joke. I personally think the amnosity borders on jealousy over the fact that one of the board members from Huron Cement was getting business from the school and Kalahari (Fox's friend) and another realtor friend of Fox was getting all of Kalahari's business to sell condos. After all, who better than I know how nuts and jealous certain people in Huron are when it comes to others and money. (the ton of fraud documents I have with my mother's name FORGED on every single one of them and the vicious criminal things that were done to her contracts ~ not to mention her property ~ will more than prove that)

As for Fox not acting in a professional way --- I could have a field day on that one on some of your judges alone at the corrupt Erie County courthouse!

Tsu Dho Nimh

Read the board attorney's explanation of the law posted by Ugta. Huron Cement doing business with the schools was illegal. Don't you find that to be criminal? He was not being honest about selling to the schools. Was he not elected to represent us Huronites but was really protecting his own business interests? Is that not as bad as someone forging a name? Personally, I am not jealous. I have nothing to be jealous about. I am just tired of Fox and two board members using the tax payers money to promote their own interests.

holycow

The kids in huron will have to pay the price. A school levy will never pass with the five blind mice involved. I would never trust them again with tax money. When huron gets 5 new members, they will gain my support and money.

Julie R.

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Retiree

Tsu Dho Nimh: You are 100% right about the one board member that is looking out for Huron Cement. What about the other board member? He got two of his relatives jobs with the schools. Then he persuaded a family member to look in the board presidents files where he use to work for any dirt. This was after the three board members filed charges against Fox. It backfired though, because the boards president record was very clean. There was a letter in the file that if he ever wanted to come back they would be more than happy to have him again as an employee. The person that was doing the snooping into the files got caught and almost lost his job.

It is a shame that people would stoop that low to get dirt on a person. That there is misuse of someones power. That is the way the schools were run under the pass superintendent. Everyone worked under threats and intimidation. If you don't believe me ask a teacher or other employees. Was that mentioned in the referee's report?

1luckydog

This is all crazy !! Don't care what anyone has said Fred, while did do wrong with the affair, did an awesome job as super.

Justme...

Luckydog, see Retiree's post above for insight as to what type of superintendent he was. Although fiscal responsbility is crucial, its not the only necessary attribute.

Informed

No he did not. He cost the district hundreds of thousands of dollars in teacher grievances for violating the contract.

Julie R.

What's that saying when cruel accusations fly? I think it's something about three fingers pointing --- when you point one finger, there are three fingers pointing back at you. I think the Bible version is --- how can you see a speck in your brother's eye when you have a log in your own.

I'm surprised some of you Huronites on here that sit in St. Pete's every Saturday night never learned it .... but then I'm also surprised the roof of that church doesn't fall in when some of you hypocrites walk through the door!

Justme...

Julie, you've given your opinion on the SR website as much as anyone about the guilt of people. Talk about a hyprocrite...

Julie R.

I don't consider myself a hypocrite. I agreed it was wrong for Fox to use his power as the superintendent to do favors for his friends. My point was --- it's not like other Huronites have never had any favors done for them. How about the ones that had their attorney friends prepare new fraud power of attorneys and new fraud wills when a client was totally incompetent without the knowledge of two family members? How about the dirt-bags from an insurance company and a Huron bank that made internal criminal changes to an incompetent person's contracts ---- contracts that I was supposed to make sure were paid out someday? How about the auditor that authorized a fraudulent transfer of property so the attorneys could defraud a 4th family member out of his already given rights on a new fraud TOD Deed? How about the court that allowed attorneys to file a forged will two years after a client's death and simply state "there were no more assets left in the decedent's name" without telling what the assets were and proving they went to who they were intended? How about the other court ~ knowing there were serious defects in the title to property, not to mention knowing that a 4th family member had been defrauded ~ selling the property at a scam sheriff sale and never even bringing the 4th family member into the scam?

That could be the reason why I just can't seem to muster up any outrage whatsoever over Fox doing favors for HIS Huronite friends.

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