Muratori inks deal with Huron Schools

Huron Schools has publicly released its new superintendent’s contract, a three-year deal that will land him about $400,000 total in salary and benefits.
Alissa Widman
Jul 15, 2013

Dennis Muratori, the district’s new leader, will net about $125,000 a year. The contract is nearly identical to the district’s agreements with its past two superintendents, and it puts Muratori on the same pay scale, treasurer Mike Weis said.

Huron school board members voted 3-2 Monday to hire Muratori as superintendent starting Aug. 1. He is currently Sandusky Schools assistant superintendent.

Newly included in Muratori’s otherwise standard contract is a section regarding “morals, ethics and personal character.” The section was not included in former superintendent Fred Fox’s contract. “The superintendent shall uphold the highest standards of morals and ethics of the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Ethics Commission, local, state and federal law and board policy,” the section reads. “Failure to do so may result in discipline, up to and including termination.”   

Board members voted 3-2 in April to fire Fox for alleged misdeeds that included an improper business relationship with a district vendor, inappropriate use of district resources and an extramarital affair on school time. The district first hired Fox as superintendent in 2008. Board members and attorneys crafted and reviewed this contract’s language, so Weis said he could not comment on specific sections of the contract. Board president Scott Slocum did not return a call seeking comment Friday.  

  Muratori’s contract with Huron Schools
• Superintendent job is effective Aug. 1, 2013, to July 31, 2016. $124,989 annual salary, with increases possible.
• 11 percent of salary will be put toward retirement fund, which district does not pick up.
• Up to four weeks paid vacation.
• Reimbursement for “all travel and expenses required during performance of official duties.”
• Reimbursement up to $4,000 per year for professional organizations, service organizations, continuing education and other “professional growth.”
• Cell phone services paid for by district. q#He agrees to have comprehensive medical examinations at the board’s expense.   
(Source: Huron Schools)
 
See the entire contract by downloading the .pdf below

Comments

Huron_1969

Gotta wonder how low the little Fox camp will go... there's no end to the twisting and turning as they continue to try to deflect the blame for the root causes of this fiasco. One thing is for sure, they want to get one more Foxer (or Foxette) on the board. If by some miracle that happens, Huron schools are doomed.

whazup

Have you heard any rumors about who may be running? I figure some of his supporters will run but haven't heard who.

Huron_1969

Only names so far is Bill Clinton will be the campaign manager and Jerry Springer as their spokesman. They're busy looking under rocks for the slimiest candidate who can follow the 'good ol boys' handbook

whazup

I just saw ACORN in the neighborhood. My neighbors' dogs and cats are now registered voters.

Huron_1969

Good one!

Retiree

The junk from the Fox posse that is put on these blogs are nothing but,"ill thought up lies". After what was put on the blogs the last ten months, nothing has come true. Matter of fact,everything you have said, the opposite happens. Face up to the truth, Fox is gone and will not be coming back. No matter how many rumors,lies, or what your monetary agenda was with him,it is over with. The Ethics committee has been in your little "Peyton Place" quite a few times the last two months interviewing people. Soon you will know the truth about what crimes have been violated over the years. It will be shocking to some, but others all ready know how corrupt that administration has been.

donutshopwannabe

TDN – Sunshine Law first at a bench trial and appeal second. I ask you why he set this up in this order? Why? Why did he not set it up in the order of the Appeal complaint? Why would the court spend time and money on this? Why? He also said this after reviewing the case file and discussing this with the attorney’s. Go read the transmittal and you will see that they admitted they repeatedly violated the Sunshine Law. This is an easy way to get this off the docket. How can you not see this? And if actions are voided, that voids his firing. Look the law up—for 7 weeks they had “serial meetings” and held information back from the 2 Board members and the Public. Slocum never had Board authorized “power” to act individually and neither did Sowecke when he took the report to Columbus.

Also – I’m betting that after December that this 3-2 Board is not in place and the new Board can do whatever they want – as the precedent has been set. Break policy, break the law, cover things up, hide information from 2 Board members for 7 weeks, deceitfully hire Markling, etc. Here’s one big item you are forgetting -- 10 days of hearings, 2700 pages of testimony, and $300K spent by insurance. They lost 23-0. To continue this charade is a slap in the face of the justice system and how do you think the local Common Pleas Court feels about that? What makes you think they will overturn this? It’s over and they lost – Murray and Fox are looking at 7 figures plus a contract extension.

Wait till you see the next five year forecast. Fiscal emergency in 2 years. Even if the levy is passed. Who is running for the Board?

Justme...

What board action did the three take without knowledge of the two? Regarding the 5 yr forecast, Fox/Weiss always said publicly they would need new money in 2015.

UgtaBkdnMe

"It’s over and they lost – Murray and Fox are looking at 7 figures plus a contract extension."

Your buddy is beyond greedy and self centered, Donut Envy. Anyone who runs for school board in support of Playboy of the Year is not going to win with an attitude like this.

whazup

Who is running for the BOARD, Wannabe? Since you're in the know tell us who will take the 3 seats.

Tsu Dho Nimh

I cannot help but wonder if the order of events was not based on Mr. Murray’s motion. It seems that Mr. Murray and Mr. Fox are worried about moving forward with the appeal. They could be trying to use the Sunshine Law claim as a way not to carry on with the appeal. The termination process was held publicly so I am not convinced that the Sunshine Law was broken in regards to his actual termination. His suspension with pay in June, his suspension without pay in September, and his termination in April were all public. If I thought I could not win counts 3 – 9, I would want to put all of my focus on count 2 and hope for the best.

Don’t forget that the referee’s opinion is non-binding and it is not uncommon for a district to not accept his/her opinion. A similar situation just occurred in the Toledo Public Schools. The referee was in favor of the administrator on all counts but the board voted to terminate her. Here is a question to you: if Mr. Fox felt confident that he did no wrong, then why did he not opt for an arbitrator? The arbitrator’s opinion would have been binding and this would have been settled.

I do not see the board looking too different after December. Mr. Slocum and Mrs. Green have a lot of support in this community. It will not matter as far as a majority is concerned who wins Mr. Asher’s seat. This community voted out one of Mr. Fox’s biggest cheerleaders when it voted in Mr. Sowecke and I seriously doubt we will see another cheerleader voted in.

whazup

What if a current board member is not able to complete his term because an agency orders him to resign? How will the board replace him?

UgtaBkdnMe

We can only hope the OEC makes a ruling on the SECOND investigation before the election. When the truth comes out about one of the current board members there will be no way any Fox or Foxette will get elected.

UgtaBkdnMe

Double Post

Julie R.

The way some of you Huronites are still ranting on and on about Fred Fox, one would think that Fox set out to personally ~ and criminally ~ harm some you Huronites or something ---- like some of your other dirt-bags in Huron and your corrupt Erie County courts do.

Right, Retiree?

J Cooper

You of all people complaining about ranting, at least they are on topic, try it some time.

UgtaBkdnMe

That's rich, Julie ! You would recognize ranting on about something since that's all that you do. No matter the topic you manage to make it about you and how you were ripped off. News flash. Nobody cares !

Julie R.

News flash. Nobody cares about Fred Fox and how he ripped you poor Huronites off with your continuous rants about stolen tools and a stupid old school bus!

Julie R.

Of course you Huronites don't care about auditors that authorize fraudulent transfers of property on forged power of attorneys hidden in another county, recorders that knowingly file fraud documents, financial institutions in Huron that make internal criminal changes to an elderly incompetent person's contracts, a court that allows their attorney/judge friends to file forged wills two years after a client's death and another court that sells property with serious defects in the titles at scam sheriff sales under fraud preliminary judicial reports ---- the corrupt county clowns are doing fraud favors for you so why should you care.

On the other hand, you all whine about Fred Fox doing favors for HIS friends --- like Kalahari giving business to Fox's realtor friend. My advice there is ---- the Huron realtors should stick with buying property at illegal court-ordered scam sheriff sales. It's more their speed.

SoldOnAcorns

Deep breath Julie R, deep breath....it's time to let it go and move on. Get busy living or get busy dying....atleast that's what my friend Andy Dufresne always used to say !

Julie R.

Another good one ..... "Oh, what a terrible web we weave when first we practice to deceive." At least that's what my mother always used to say. They should also inscribe that on a plaque and hang it on the front of the Eeeeerie County courthouse!

J Cooper

Great comment, but if she didn't have her rants what would she have?

Julie R.

If corrupt Erie County wasn't into fraud what would they have? Idiot auditors that cause serious defects in the titles to property by authorizing fraudulent transfers of property belonging to the elderly (a matter of public record), recorders that knowingly file fraud documents (a matter of public record), idiot courts that allow their attorney friends to file forged wills two after a client's death (a matter of public record), another idiot court and a former sheriff that knowingly sell fraudulently transferred property at a scam sheriff sale under a fraud preliminary judicial report, etc., etc. And then those idiot scams the courts and their idiot attorney friends pull off --- like attorneys filing and dimissing bogus sham lawsuits pertaining to Erie County probate estates in the jurisdiction of Cuyahoga County on behalf of non-clients .... (another matter of public record)

When you look at the whole picture it's your county public officials and their idiot attorney friends that cause 99% of the train wrecks in corrupt Erie County!

J Cooper

It never changes, off topic rants and excuses for being disinherited, how very sad.

Julie R.

Hey Retiree, how did your Huron attorney/judge friends and that Lorain County attorney ever get away with transferring an elderly incompetent person's half to property seven months before her death just by falsely stating on a fraud quitclaims deed that a forged power of attorney concealed in the Lorain County Recorder was on file in Erie County?

Little help from their buds in the prosecutor's office and the probate court, maybe?

whazup

From November 2011

Huron CSD Member of Board of Education
Vote for Not More Than 2
(WITH 11 OF 11 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Nancy C. Bulea. . . . . . . . . 1,756 24.50
John J. Caporini . . . . . . . . 1,987 27.72
Bill Needham . . . . . . . . . 1,598 22.29
Timothy M. Sowecke . . . . . . . 1,827 25.49
Total . . . . . . . . . 7,168

Nancy Bulea beat Mr. Needham by only 158 votes, 3,425 votes total were against her. That was a slap in the face for an incumbent. Hope she doesn’t embarrass herself and run again.

donutshopwannabe

Here is a real kick in the teeth for our local hardware store. New Dollar General going in on west side of Huron, right next to McDonald's. That should be the final nail in the coffin for Ace.

whazup

Your buddy at our local cement company has bigger worries than the hardware store. BTW, did you sell the property?

UgtaBkdnMe

When is the Register going to begin sharing this story?

Tsu Dho Nimh

Wannabe...I answered you with my thoughts on the order of events and the best you can post is information on Dollar General coming to town? When did Dollar General add a paint department, plumbing and electrical supplies, and other hardware needs?

Would you please answer the question I asked you? Why did your friend not opt for arbitration? Since he contends that he did no wrong, the arbitrator would have given a binding decision and the issue would be over. I think someone was afraid of what an arbitrator would have to say. You have also mentioned that the board will look different after December. Your Dollar General post shows that you are focusing on getting even with someone. Will the Fox supporting candidates be running to move the district forward or will they be looking for revenge?

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