Denny Faber: I was fired

Board of directors, 'ultimate authority' on employment at school, won't comment on decision
Alissa Widman Neese
Jul 9, 2014

widman@sanduskyregister.com

Loyalty.

Denny Faber, Sandusky Central Catholic School's longtime athletic director, strove to embody the concept throughout his 31-year career.

His cherished institution apparently didn't reciprocate.

On May 16, Faber's career at his alma mater came to an abrupt end.

Sandusky Central Catholic School's board of directors voted to end his employment, in what school officials referred to as a contract "non-renewal," he told the Register.

He contends the act is an unjust firing.

"My life was shattered," Faber said. "After 31 years, how is it not a firing?"

Word spread quickly throughout Sandusky's Catholic community.

Numerous "school stakeholders" contacted the Catholic Diocese of Toledo this summer regarding the matter, Christopher Knight, its superintendent of schools, confirmed Tuesday.

A diocese representative then visited Sandusky to discuss the situation, Knight said.

Ultimately, the person recommended school officials offer the former athletic director another one-year contract, Faber said.

Sandusky Central Catholic School awards all its employees one-year contracts each year.

Knight refused to comment on the diocese's suggestion, which is "internal information only," he said.

On July 3 — nearly seven weeks after his firing — school officials instead offered Faber a deal: a small stipend of anonymously donated funds for part-time work, without a contract backing the employment terms, he said.

Faber declined.

"All I wanted was a contract like everyone else," he said. 

It's unclear what motivated the board's decision to fire Faber, or how many members voted to do so.

Tamara Humphrey, the board's president, said the board does not comment on any decisions involving personnel. 

The Rev. Michael Roemmele, Sandusky Central Catholic School's chancellor, is out of Ohio until Aug. 11 for an educational course, a secretary said Tuesday.

Kevin Youskievicz, longtime president of the school's independent Athletic Booster Club, said Tuesday the firing was news to him.

"I've never worked with a more professional person," Youskievicz said. "I can't even speculate as to why they let him go."

Faber is a 1967 St. Mary's High School alumnus. Before joining the staff at the school in 1983, he worked as a teacher for 10 years at Catholic schools in Fremont and Toledo.

In 2007, school students voted to rename "The Den," the school gymnasium, "The Denny," for one day each year in Faber's honor.

Faber told the Register on Monday he had planned to retire from Sandusky Central Catholic School within two years, after properly training a replacement to take on his position.

In December, Sandusky Central Catholic School hired alumnus Ryan Wikel as its co-athletic director. It's unclear if he will be the school's sole athletic director in the 2014-15 school year.

Speaking out

Faber is the first individual to speak with the Register about Sandusky Central Catholic School's work climate without fear of being named.

That doesn't mean the decision was easy.

"I'm very disappointed it's come to this," Faber said. "I've given my life to that school, and I have really mixed and torn feelings about it. But these are the facts about what happened to me."

The Register also spoke with Faber's wife, Beverly, on Monday.

The pair contends a few school board members with "personal agendas" are responsible for Faber's firing, as well as other controversial decisions occurring at the school this year.

The Fabers said they preferred the Register not publish the names of the board members, for fear of legal retaliation.

When contacted Tuesday, Humphrey confirmed the board of directors is the "ultimate authority" at Sandusky Central Catholic School. The board has the authority to hire and fire administrators, including principals, chancellors and presidents, as well as a "few other key administrative jobs," she said.

The board operates with "limited power," however, based on diocese-approved statutes from the school, Humphrey said.

Humphrey said she'll ask school officials to provide the Register with an emailed statement regarding the school board, to provide more insight into its makeup, policies and election procedures.

Beverly, who also graduated from St. Mary's High School, said she chose to speak out because she's fearful for the school's future under its current leadership.

"This school is our lifeblood, and this year is devastating and unprecedented," she said. "This is about more than Denny. We care about the school, and we want to save it."

Tumultuous year

In this past year, Sandusky Central Catholic School has been subjected to scrutiny from employees and outsiders alike.

In January, the school netted national attention when officials fired band director Brian Panetta for becoming engaged to his boyfriend of five years.

On May 29, shortly after Faber's firing, school officials implemented a controversial pay scale for teachers.

The scale cuts some veteran teacher salaries by as much as 12 to 20 percent, and teachers impacted said they wonder if officials are attempting to oust experienced, expensive teachers.

On June 18, former teacher Tracy Frederick, a 20-year employee, filed an age discrimination lawsuit against Sandusky Central Catholic School in federal court.

School officials did not renew Frederick's contract in August 2013, and then allegedly hired younger employees into positions for which she was qualified, according to the suit.

Sandusky Central Catholic School also lost its top two administrators this month.

First-year president Melody Curtis left July 1 for a job at Immaculate Conception School in Bellevue, while K-12 principal Mike Savona announced his retirement, effective the same date.

On June 30, however, St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy in Toledo announced it hired Savona as its academy principal, according to its website.

Note: Because Sandusky Central Catholic School is a private school and not funded by tax dollars, it is not required to release any documents or financial information to the Register.

Comments

Tsu Dho Nimh

Wonder if Wikel regrets taking this position? He should have stayed with public education: better pay and less politics.

beachbabe

How is this breaking news? Mr Savona went back to his Alma Mater. Big Surprise. Next topic...

Pantherfan

LOL.

Because you know why. Good attempt at deflecting. Not gonna work.

Mike Savona is a great guy, and a few of those Board members made Mike miserable.

He didn't "retire". It's unfortunate he felt he needed to get out. He was/is a good person.

And as far as Denny Faber is concerned, we all know the Board members he is talking about...

As someone who sits in the stands and donates to the school, I am so sorry for the way you were treated as you headed into retirement.

You deserved a lot more respect than you received...

Tyrion

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k9unit

...and did this same board member tell her so called friends that she basically voted herself in by voting on parishioners ballots that werent voted on? Then got her friend elected the same way? Its time she goes along with a few others! The lies need to stop!

Holding Court

-she was "elected" after her "friend" was "elected".

sugar

By George I think you've got it! And 2 others. We know who you are, resign please. You do not embody the values we expect.

Another Day

Mike Savona's 5 yr contract was up. I agree a good person, but he did nothing to stop the havoc inside the school with the problem teachers. They ran the school and still do. These are the people who need to be held accountable for the destruction of the school. Why do you think all the administration over the last 8 years has jumped ship. So they will get what they want total control of nothing.

Tigress

You are so right Another Day!!!!! Thank you for posting this as it is so true!

sugar

This comment should follow Beachbabes. Seriously? Get your head out of your azz.

mikeylikesit

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mikeylikesit

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JACKEL

Mikey, now quit it.

holysee

cathode leak

MrsCowboy

More free entertainment, watching the house come crumbling down

God Of Thunder

Gee... How can the board be scrutinized??? Aren't they sworn to uphold the teachings of the catholic faith???? Isn't that what they are doing is just following the laws of the catholic church???

whattheBucks

I wish they would give the board members names

sugar

We know who they are.

whattheBucks

I have known Mr Faber for over 30 years, you will never find a more loyal and dedicated person. SCCS has become such an awful joke to the community and the whole catholic religion / community ! I am embarrassed to admit I have ties with them. They are the perfect example of how to do things wrong over and over and over again, if SCCS is wondering why your student body is so low, just look around and see how unethical and disrespectful you treat your own people. You should totally embarrassed.

Perkins Resident

Father Quinn and Sister Bernita would never stand for this!

sugar

Lol, Father Quinn was only interested in who had money to donate and who could supply him with booze.

Perkins Resident

Lol my point exactly lol!

Dcfred20036

LOL, Lord have mercy!

TheScientist

Sr Bernita would just roller skate and play her accordion, oblivious to all...

Perkins Resident

I think Sr Patricia could take Sr Bernita. Just my opinion.

Dcfred20036

Was Sister Bernita the English teacher, way back 30 some years ago?

richrs

Yes she was. Liked her a lot. She managed to get me to read classics.

Perkins Resident

Yes, that would be her!

Dcfred20036

You know, there was a time when St. Mary encouraged critical thinking and its students to question much!

richrs

Sr. Bernita, the roller skating nun.

The Bizness

Why does the register grab onto a story and bury it into the ground? I never understand what the point of latching onto an organization, company, or person and doing 500 stories on them over a series of weeks or months.

Babo

I don't understand the laser focus on SCCS, which by its nature due Catholic tenets cannot defend itself when there are really serious problems in Ottawa and Erie County government agencies and schools that get raised initially and then seem to get buried.

Case in point: The SR has run a series of important stories on the alleged druggings at Put in Bay including an alleged rape after being drugged as well as the story of the under-prosecution of a serial rapist. The stories all reflected the common threads that Ottawa County prosecutor Mulligan seems to prosecute cases based on politics rather than justice and that he appears incapable of prosecuting big cases. The stories run briefly (for 1-2 days) and are then pulled from the index but remain available in the search engine.

It seems to me that investigating and exposing alleged serious threats to public safety due alleged dereliction of public officials ought to take precedence over publishing gossip in a private religious school that runs perilously close to invading the federal privacy rights of students and may paint an institution in a false light.

If certain board members are the problem because they are involved in self dealing or advancing their own interests at the expense of the school, the SR should expose them while protecting the identity of its sources. Otherwise, SCCS is entitled to the same privacy rights as any other private institution to conduct its business affairs.

sugar

Obviously we are interested in this "story". The corruption in gov is also important, but corruption is everywhere, eradicate it where you can.

The Bizness

My problem is they never expose corruption, rather they just tell stories that may or may not show corruptions.

Justme...

Babo, sometimes I suspect the SR is afraid to tick off certain advertisers. They seem to go after certain stories like a pit bull. And with others they are careful because the involved parties are advertisers. Its a small paper, and they think about economics. Just my opinion.

Tyrion

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Justme...

Examples are everywhere. Not judging...they have to stay in business. But unfortunate.

anthras

The Bizness says:Why does the register grab onto a story and bury it into the ground?"

I for one appreciate their looking into things at the Catholic community.

At the gentleman's rest room at St Mary's Church if a person wishes to wash their hands it takes a very very very long time to get hot water. Some times I wonder if the hot water heater is in the same building or if it comes from somewhere else. Hoping the Register might investigate the problem and come up with a possible solution.

Dcfred20036

They are in the business of selling newspapers. I'm sure the most viewed stories in 2014 have to do with St. Mary.

Dcfred20036

The school is very sick, institutionally speaking. I'm not sure what kind of "mass denial" is going in the Sandusky Catholic community but reasonable people need to take a stand, without fear, and save the school from itself. People in Sandusky seem to have this fear that if they publicly criticize a school official or board member they will be sued. Please, get a spine people: this is a venerable institution worth saving.

WhatTheHeck

nicely said Fred

overthis099

Dcfred20036 how about you move back to the area and run for the school board! You always seem to have all the answers... NOT!!!! Get a life!

Dcfred20036

I just have opinions, like everyone else reading the SR. Like I keep saying, reasonable people can disagree on important issues!

Chirp

Like other schools, 90+ percent of the parents and students are great people. The problem at SCCS is that the remainder of parents are wealthy enough and vindictive enough to twist arms until they get their way. The way private schools are structured sometimes allows those parents to manipulate control too easily. I was a student athlete there during Mr. Faber's tenure and I will say that he was ALWAYS one of the classiest people I have ever met. He cared greatly about that school and just because a couple board members wanted him gone, he gets the shaft.

Good luck Mr. Faber and even though you don't realize it at this point, you are better for not having to deal with the headaches of that school anymore.

Wald

These stories on St. Mary's are almost making Perkins look good. Almost.

44870 South

Wald...lets not go that far. Perkins is the last place anyone should send their kids. They have big problems, and they aren't going away.

sum ting wong

Once again, the register likes to hammer home a point to sell things made of paper with advertisements on it. I wont call it a newspaper, it doesn't report news, it reports what it wants. The fact is, HE WASN'T FIRED!!! He was not given a contract renewal! There is a big difference.

Chirp

Oh do you really believe that? Come on. IF you do, you need a reality check.

Ctwhalers

What is the school thinking of getting rid of Mr Faber. When I graduated in 87 Mr Faber was doing a good job there. I hope the school board tells the real reason why you would get rid of someone who has done so much for the school. He was gonna retire in two years and train someone. What they get rid of him cause we are not in the SBC anymore. You can not blame him. Look at the class sizes. Look at the football team where hardly no players cause you have players playing offense and defense. The school board and the school need to do a better job at getting people to come st marys. I know some of the school board members they are my friends but you guys need to revaluat some of the things you are doing cause you taking a really good school down the wrong path instead of making the school stronger and better. Do not fix some things that are not broke.

Truth or Dare

If it isn't broke, don't fix it? It's broke ok, and there isn't a darn thing anyone can do to fix it. By the way, non-renewal of a contract is just a legal/kind way to say "You're fired"! The same was done to an athletic coach @ Perkins, so private what we do and how we treat employees and students is no one's business, well, SMCC doesn't have the corner of the market when it comes to word play!

mikeylikesit

quit complaining & just bend over and take it. being catholic, you should be used to it..

I

I am glad I broke all ties with this school years ago. The majority of the people who are supporters of this school are Sandusky born, have never lived outside of this area, and married other SMCC students. They have no life experiences and are now sending their little darlings to their alma mater!

WhatTheHeck

well said Mikey

jgoad

It's a shame that in this booming economy and in a boom town like Sandusky, that the only person downsized, non-renewed, fired in the whole United States this year was Denny Faber. It blows my mind.

TheScientist

As an Alumna (who moved away, married someone from far away, and only looked back to fondly remember the "good ol' days"), I'm ashamed of what the school has become. If I still lived there, my children would not attend. The school has become a mockery, a mere shadow of what it used to be.

I was also a student-athlete, and Mr. Faber was "The Legend" for as long as I can remember. He always will be. Wikel is a great guy, and I'm sure Mr. Faber would have hand selected him to be his replacement. But this is a slap in the face. I will always have nothing but mad respect for The Legend (and this is coming from a student athlete who got in trouble a few times, courtesy of him!)

Who is next? Mr. Kohler?

Ride on, fellow Alumni. This school is not what we once remember, and certainly hasn't improved for the better.

OSUAV8TER

Denny Faber is a great man, he certainly didn't deserve this. The school board needs some radical change, this firing was hardly justifiable.

Dcfred20036

OMG, OSU: we actually agree on something!

OSUAV8TER

True, and it sounds like you want SMCC to thrive!

sugar

My thought too!

jgoad

The only sad part about the whole saga is the example these "adults" at SMCC are setting for the children they are supposed to be teaching. The school is a good school no different than any other, but a few adults who feel they have been "wronged" run to the newspaper to whine and complain. I would ask readers who have ever been downsized, fired, non-renewed or who have suffered a pay cut to share their personal testimony of how they handled the situation. Did you pout, petition, run to the local newspaper, cry to corporate headquarters, sue, badmouth co-workers? And if so, how did that turn out? Or, did you pull yourselves up by your bootstraps, move on with your life and get another job (assuming you weren't already retired)?

sugar

Calling out wrong doing and getting on with things are not mutually exclusive. Did you know that only 3% of the population were willing to stand up to King George, and began the American Revolution?

Informed

I would hope anyone that was unfairly let go would fight it, and not just take it like a doormat.

jgoad

That's kind of my point. Nobody was unfairly let go. Unless you want to contend that anyone anywhere is always unfairly let go. People are let go all the time everywhere, if you wanted to you could find something unfair about any of them. He was not let go unfairly from the perspective of making proper choices for the long term viability of the business. It's not that hard. Everyone there is on a one year contract. His was not renewed. Sucks on an individual level but nothing unfair about it.

Common Sense

From your post, I am assuming that you have never worked in a Catholic school. Given years of glowing recommendations, being a model for students and staff alike, and countless hours (unpaid), and that service is to your alma mater where you are considered "family", a "non-renewal" without explanation is a firing! Do you work for people who promote "social justice", yet never practice it???
SCCS is not the first (nor will it be the last) to practice this form of "word play". It really is more like a "sin of omission". Denny is making noise for all those teachers who have been turned away as they grew closer to retirement. It is not always that they are not fit to teach, but they are an expense and if they make it to forty years, they would receive a full pension from the diocese (another joke!).
Until you have walked in Denny's shoes (or worked at a Catholic school), do not criticize. There are many more out there who have received this same treatment. They do not speak out because they are too hurt. They never saw it coming.

Apples don't fa...

sugar you are right we know the 3 board members that are ruining this school trying to throw their weight around. ST. Marys has always been a school that as long as you have the right last name or money that your word was the gospel. Well these things and people on this board is whats going to take this school down to the ground where it won't be standing any longer. Please someone act now and save this school!

overthis099

Once again people on here commenting on something they no nothing about. He was not FIRED. I thank him for all his years of service to the school but you need to change with the times. How many times have we read in this newspaper a quote from a business "we are going in a different path" This is one of those cases, he knew this was coming, he chose not to change. Parents got tired of hearing "we've been doing it this way for the last 20 years". Parents were constantly going to board members and complaining about him. If he had just stepped up and talked to the board on what he could do and not "walked out" things would have been different. I will say I have lost some respect for him as someone close to him went to a board members house and screamed and used profanity at them, this was uncalled for. I understand emotions are running high but it was not one persons decision, it was a "Board decision". The ones who are suffering are the kids, they read these posts. I've heard many comments from kids asking why do so many people "Hate" catholic's and our school. It's a shame it has come to this! You should have left with some dignity but I'm afraid it's to late for that Mr. Faber. Good Luck in your "retirement".

jgoad

Exactly. After this article they should refire him.

Chirp

Non-renewing is firing. Please. "Board decision" --- THAT IS RICH! haha.

arod1112

As a SMCC alum and former Board member I will be the first to say that Denny Faber has been and will always be an outstanding AD and great guy. However, times change and he wasn't up with that change. I was told that he was the only SBC AD with no cell phone making him difficult to reach. As time goes by, things change.....no longer can businesses or government or schools run as they did in the past 20, 30, 40 years. Denny would not change. It is difficult to train old dogs to do new tricks, Denny was no exception. If this is the reason he was 'fired' then it is understandable as he was probably asked to change on more than one occasion. At the same time, he was due to retire and sometimes people just don't know when to leave, especially when given all his years, experience, devotion and time to the SMCC community. The next AD will have huge shoes to fill no doubt. I'm sorry Denny feels bitterness towards his alma mater, but I hope he realizes being forced to retire isn't a bad thing. He's given all he can, it's time he enjoys life! It isn't his job to save the school, but the SMCC community and alum. Personally, I believe the Board President should step down. As well as any other Board members who do not understand their purpose on the Board. It is not a totalitarian Board....one person CAN NOT and SHOULD NOT be making major decisions. Elections need to be better monitored so that appropriate elected parishioners serve. The election and ballots should occur and ballots collected immediately before mass or after mass to prevent fraudulent voting. WAKE up SMCC community & ALUMNI step up and SAVE THE SCHOOL!! before the bad press closes it permanently!!!

sugar

Weren't your incendiary comments about people removed once before, arod?
No one wants the school to close, we want a better more equitable arrangement. Yes the times have changed and the few who want to control the majority must back off. We will save the school, from you!

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Donald Szpozors

very well written, anthras. I concur 100%. I appreciate the ongoing investigation into this corrupt school system. As a Catholic, I am appalled at their politicking and unethical behavior..,but yet not surprised.
They continue their blemish on the diocese.

Im still absolutely disgusted with how they handled the firing of Mr. Panetta in January. Regardless of his orientation, he was and will continue to be an exemplary, equisite role model for students. The school made complete asses of themselves over that situation.

And now with this firing of another outstanding coach and leader, their negative reputation continues to grow. How many 'other' secrets are these Board members hiding behind? Money talks. Long standing community 'names' apparently talk as well.

As someone formerly involved with community and educational organizations in Sandusky, Clyde and Fremont- they all lead by ignorance, fear and power- firing and 'calling the shots' as they see fit no matter 'how' unethical. Yet these same so called 'leaders' are the ones with 'Peyton Place' levels of secrets and skeletons in their closets to hide.

arod1112

Whats your problem Sugar? You think I don't want the school to survive and thrive??? I DO!! But every administrator and teacher isn't always the right fit or deserves to retain a job if they don't perform as requested or up to par. Jobs are earned and entitlements no longer exist in education. Just because someone has been someplace for a long period of time doesn't mean they couldn't be fired/replaced/denied rehire!! Get over yourself!! The Board isn't functioning the way it was intended to function. Those with large donations to the school need to have their own member on the Board? Seriously? Why? Just because they are who they are and money talks. That doesn't make it right or just. It shows arrogance on the part of the donor and lack of trust of the Board members. It wasn't originally designed to have such a person. If you think you are all that, run for a seat on the Board!! The problem is funding of the school. Parishes give very little of their collection to the school anymore. Younger alumni are bitter and angry at the school system and no longer financially support the school. Older alumni may still support the school, but lack the major funding needed to keep the school moving forward. Odds are you don't send children to the school or support it financially, so shut your trap or open your wallet!!

sugar

If you are the product of an SMCC education arod I can see why no one is opening their wallets. You're a hot mess. Lol

arod1112

And your just ignorant Sugar.

Tyrion

* you're
SMH

puppy

Everyone keeps talking about the class sizes keep getting smaller..I dont get it....Actually St. Mary graduating seniors of 2014 had I believe 47 kids, last year they only had 32 if I remember correctly. I graduated from the cleveland area back in the late 80's and I had 624 in my graduating class. These days there are not NEAR that amount of kids graduating. Its the times people, not the school system !

MrGadfly

Most people do not take board positions to control an organization. But, over time people lose sight of their responsibilities. Positions such as these need some type of term limits to minimize this possible problem.

SMCC is one of many schools who have this issue.

arod1112

Exactly!! There are term limits for Board members. Current President will begin her second year on the board. They are elected to 3 year terms.

overthis099

You are mistaken arod112 the board president will be starting her 3rd year! You of all people should understand about restructuring, sometimes people loose their jobs!

observer

Round up the high school band and let them start playing "Nearer My God To Thee" like they did on the Titanic......because, folks, this ship (SMCC) is SINKING!!

k9unit

I just out loud laughed :) ^

Dcfred20036

Does anyone know if the Diocese of Toledo has the legal authority to place the school in receivership for reasons other than financial insolvency? I would encourage conscientious board members to resign their office. The school needs a fresh start.

Another Day

DCFred they would have to shutdown for that. The diocese is not sinless in this; they caused many of the issues.

Apples don't fa...

Donald Szpozors well said! arod112 you are getting pretty hostile you sure you aren't one of these idiot board members with the big ego?? Who more than likely except for their kids to get "the special treatment"there wether its being hush hush if their child gets caught cheating or making sure their child plays over other kids in sports wether they have the ability or not. This crap has been going on here for years and needs to stop! Get rid of all the board members and let the church members vote on who is capable to be on it. Definitely not ones that their children are still in school there. I can guarantee the school would run a hell of a lot better. God Bless you Mr. Faber so sorry you were screwed over like this you did leave with dignity and are loved by so many as I'm sure reading these you already know!

Another Day

As long as the parents are able to escalate their issues to the BOD, CCAB and Endowment Committee or whatever they call all the subcommittee's. Too many committee's to count. The CCAB gave their biggest fundraiser to the school to run then took it back when Melody left. Does that tell you anything! This is no secret either. Glad that they did take it back, they do a great job!

arod1112

Apples, not sure how I'm being hostile. I am not a current member of the board and my kids received absolutely NO SPECIAL treatment. I am not a known 'name' at the school and my family has no pull. I served on the Board at the time of unification due to being on one of the 3 school advisory councils. As that was where the first Board members came from. I served my 3 years and did not seek re-election as I had enough. There are good people serving on the current Board that can make an impact on the school. However, there are also those serving on the Board that see it as a 'power position' and are not serving for the proper reasons and therefore should step down. Don't blame all for the actions of a few.

Tigress

Wasn't Melody Curtis there when all of these talks started about Denny Faber? Wasn't she in charge when she recommended this change to the board? Everyone is yelling at the board and blaming them. When they supported her decision (like a board should....they are not suppose to micro-manage) and things happened where is M. Curtis? Gone...... leaving the board holding her baggage!

Karma2u

EXACTLY!

Another Day

This is getting so out of control again. Weekly there is an article like this. This is NOT "new" news, he knew per the article in May. It is now July. This is just getting ridiculous. I agree the house needs to be cleaned, but some of the departing staff have caused the issues that we have now. I have heard many times "This is how we have always done it", or "That is the deal we made when we merged parish schools". That is crap. Most of the kids and families are not from around here anymore; those families with names "are" being stood up to, but nobody at the school did anything about it. I mean at the school; administration! Complaints about the "cell" of teachers who control that school have gone on deaf ears. That is why certain administrative people are gone, that is why enrollment is down.

Hopefully now even though we may have to put up with them for another year (and they know who they are), they will be gone and fired by the new principle. I suggest they plan on leaving on their own because the families who stay will keep complaining and you will not get your renewal next year. RETIRE NOW!

The core problem has nothing to do with the board of directors decisions they made some for a reason, they are trying to break through the old school mentality and people DO NOT LIKE IT. The B.O.D. has NO MONEY...the school has no money!

Nothing will change unless the Endowment Fund opens its coffers up , and a formal structure for reviews and personnel files are put into place. This includes all personnel, from support staff, teachers, coaches.

I do believe the parent base coaching needs to be thrown out the door. They do play their kids, and last year was a big eye opener when their kids were benched and other kids got to play who were better and had no last name. Unfortunately, we are back to parent coaches again in higher grades...ridiculous. CCAB has enough money to hire coaches so this does not happen.

Speaking of The Endowment Committee they really needs to be looked at to help out the school. This is a money issue and they have plenty of it. After the last few years they should allow all kids returning to go for free for at least 1 year if not 2 to make up for what has happened to them over the last 2-3 years. The kids are absolutely a mess and a wreck in the middle grades and many have already enrolled in other schools. You will not have that football team or swim team pretty soon, or a high school for sure. So before everyone throws the BOD under the bus, make sure to really look hard at who walks around that school and where the money is. Who really runs that school? ...well money talks!

OSUAV8TER

I don't meant to be mean, but that is such an idiotic idea! Deplete the endowment fund!? That is a sure pathway to close the school. If you ever took a finance 101 class, you would know that growing a perpetuity is the only way to get more money out through interest. Unless you want to kill the thing. Your idea is terrible, and has no merit!

ThrowTheBumsOut

This is no surprise. A group of elitist snobs have been running the school into the ground for some time now. Sadly, they are teaching, by example, the kids to be elitist snobs also. All the accolades they heap on themselves can't change the facts. Years ago the school did a similar thing to Wally Amburn (remember his winning record?) He had a problem, no doubt, but they swept him out the door also - instead of doing the Christian thing and getting him help. They destroyed him and are doing the same thing to Denny. I used to be proud to be an alumni of St. Mary's school - now I am simply ashamed to be associated with it, Thus I am not a supporter at all of this kind of secular behavior. It has stopped being guided by Catholic, Christian values in spite of all their claims to being different and better. How is this school any different than any public school? It is not. Society suffers because of the elitist, egotistical students they are forming and sending out into the world.

sugar

They've done it to students too. If you were a trouble maker , as sometimes teens will be, but daddy could write a check your inappropriate behavior was tolerated. Unfortunately not all parents could write those checks, so adios to those students. Jesus loved the children, I'm sure he wouldn't have tossed a problem child to the street.

arod1112

Good point Another Day! The Endowment Committee needs to be looked at. Those on it are the ones who fund it. Doesn't seem right, but don't look at them opening their coffers, pretty tight bunch!! All mingle in the same social circles.
I'm not sure what parent coaches exist at the high school level. But that type of thing goes on everywhere. PHS had a high school coach coaching his own daughter in a varsity sport. My kids attended SMCC and their coaches had no students enrolled in the school at the time, so I'm not sure where you get your information on this topic. Grade school and Junior High sports are pretty much dependent on parent coaches.

OSUAV8TER

Arod, again, that is a terrible idea! Taking money out of the endowment fund will only kill the endowment fund. The only money that should be withdrawn is the interest that it produces.

arod1112

Never said to take the money OUT of the endowment fund. Just said it needed to be looked at......read my post again!

jgoad

Another Day makes a couple of good points, but I have to ask what high school coaches are parents of kids on the team? I can think of none.

Melody Curtis was keeping Mr. Faber on for another year to help teach and guide the new AD. The Board did not want that and after she left they went ahead and got rid of Faber on the spot after the arrangement had been made to stay another year.

arod1112

Seems the Board may have been mico-managing Ms. Curtis, which again, is not their job. Certainly explains why she left abruptly.

mls

She left because that's what she does. Look at her track record, she hasn't stayed anywhere very long. She outright lied to parents and staff alike.

Another Day

MLS, she was only supposed to be there 1 year and only had a 1 yr contract. Make changes to keep the school open or close it.

mls

She told many people she would be there when their children graduated. She lied. Everyone only has a one year contract.

Karma2u

Well said MLS...and everything you said is true. Doen's matter now she is gone but this is her pattern. Now she is off to destroy another school...

Another Day

No they were not, the board supported her. As someone told me 1 step forward 3 steps back. The teachers and staff chased her out of there. Not the BOD.

As I said before look where the money is. My guess more positions will be eliminated before school starts. Some need to be filled asap also.

Another Day

The Endowment Committee are the ones holding the money from donors, and a ton of it. Not the school! You also have to pay them a fee to apply for financial aide per student (NEW). This is all online before they brought the website down to redo. Schools hands are tied, there is no money!

They had to cut, and could not have duplicate positions everyone saw it coming last year. My guess a few more will be gone soon. Melody tried to stop it by helping every family financially. She made those calls and it worked we kept our kids there another year and so did many others. Now many are gone.

Enrollment is down, the economy has hit the school hard. This publicity is not helping which disappoints me and has hurt the kids in the end. Hopefully the new principals will handle the teacher and staff issues and we will see smiles again. The majority of the kids are middle class no names ,yet with great character and a heck of alot of heart and most get some financial aide; but it is not enough. Then there are kids who should have been expelled 10x by now but they are from the chosen few.

Unless they come forward with some sort of help to the families to get their support..this school will close.

COACHES:
I will clarify, there are "some" new coaches again that are parents, both JH and HS, not all coaches have kids there, not all coaches new or are parents; a few parent coaches are back. So the "pack" is back as we call, it will be the "so and so show" again. Heard from the athletes (I call them that since that is what they are at that age not kids playing a sport) complaining about it. Last year these levels did not have parent coaches, kids were happy and enjoyed their sports for the first time and worked hard. It was a great year even though they did not have winning records, for them they got play time and got to develop their talents. But they will barely be able to field a team this year for football on all levels except CYO.

All you have to do is look on the sidelines at who is standing down there(some who are NOT coaches even) during a game and has kids playing who absolutely do not belong in their positions.

I know there are parent coaches at other schools, hard at times not to have. Lower grades it is one thing, at JH and up it becomes an issue at SMCC. As I said look at the sidelines. Many kids never stick with a sport after elementary because of parent coaches (nationally it is an issue) which is sad or they switch schools.

swimfan

Another Day, You have it wrong. The SCCS Education Foundation has nothing to do with deciding who gets financial aid at SCCS. This is determined by the school and they are the ones who are assessing the fees. The SCCS Education Foundation oversees the wishes of donors who generously gave monies to the school for various purposes...tuition assistance, teachers, scholarships etc. Be careful who you accuse...get your facts straight.

Another Day

Swimfan.. I am not trying to accuse anyone of anything. It would be nice to really understand who does what,and see everyone work together to get through this mess. There are too many committees overseeing too many areas and making decisions about money, staff, hiring and firing, events, contracts..etc

Everyone is pointing fingers within SMCC at each other. Which includes all areas that run or areas that help fund it. Parents are totally confused and so are donors by reading all the comments and hearing what they hear at school or from other donors.

But,you just stated you control money from donors for teachers for example, then why did the BOD have to cut so much out of the budget for teachers and other positions. Just a question to prove my point, I do not want an answer. BOD is taking the hit and there is funding there.

And I did state that Melody last year tried to provide as much financial assistant/tuition aide to many families so they could afford to stay, so I think I have that fact correct as her being part of the school administration. I did not say the Endowment, I guess now called the SCCS Education Foundation gave the financial aide.

I do not really care who is assessing the fees they are being assessed, but thank you for clarifying it. FACT: The fees are not a happy point with the families in need. Now everyone hopefully has the feedback being discussed on the street and will listen to it.

Basically, we would "LOVE" to know the facts, since within the school we can be told 3 different things on the same subject by 3 different areas within the school.

swimfan

Another Day, the people who are making the decisions to hire, fire, staffing, money, events, contracts, tuition fees and everything else is the school board. They have the ultimate power over all decisions being made at the school.
I guess I cannot understand why the board has created new positions but say they have no money. I think a town hall meeting would be beneficial so that questions can be asked to the board.

jgoad

Another Day - I ask you again to name coaches at the hs level who are parents of athletes on the team.

too many people on here talk too much sh t about things they know nothing about. the only reason im picking on this is because it is easy to disprove and not a case of he said she said.

HS: Football, wrestling, boys tennis, girls tennis, swimming, basketball, girls basketball, cross country, track, baseball, softball, cheerleading do not have parents as coaches. period.
the volleyball coach just hired this year has a daughter that is now a junior and I hardly think that falls into the classification you are talking about.

jh as you say is different but I don't think there are many examples there either - no more than anywhere else. so please name names where all these athletes were mistreated by parents who were coaching their own kids in the high school or stop spreading bs that you know nothing about, and that goes for everyone else here spreading rumors and wishful thinking.

ps. the school is not closing.

Holding Court

High school football- Dan Schwerer is a coach and his son plays. I'm not saying any special favors have been given to his son. His son is an outstanding player. Dan has been a football coach for many years, does a fine job and sets a wonderful example for his players.

mls

Corrine Capizi...high school cheer coach.... Sub. Teacher and 5 kids at the school
Chris Capizi...asst high school football coach...5 kids at the school
Inga Powell...high school tennis coach...2 kids at the school
Jessica Lewis...Jr high volleyball coach...Teacher and 2 kids at the school.

Holding Court

Inga Powell's children do not play tennis on the high school team she "coaches"...

jgoad

Another Day commented that parents are coaching their kids at the high school level making life miserable for the other kids. Corrinne Capizi does not coach her son or daughter in cheerleading.
Chris Capizi does not coach his kids in high school football
Inga Powell does not coach her kids in high school tennis
Jessica Lewis does not coach her kids in high school volleyball
Dan Schwerer has been a long time football and baseball coach at the school and was coaching long before his kids grew up to be coached by him, should he quit coaching because his kids have grown into the sport he is coaching?
Yes, they all have children at the school, in lower grades, but should they send them to some other school because they teach and coach at SMCC?

ps. the school is not closing :)

Another Day

First, you are focusing on High School, which will be a problem next year with more parent coaches as kids progress up through the grades. If you go back to my original posting I did NOT say high school. I said "higher grades", meaning JH (Starts at 6th grade actually Middle School now no more JH)and HS. So here are a few more, Roth, Wilnau, Kresser, Kaftan(BOD). They all have coached their kids and some will be this year again in JH and/or HS levels. Not sure if Fisher coaches or just helps out.

The only teams I know with no parent coaches on the higher grades are JH and HS are Cross Country, Track and Swimming, Tennis..there may be more. How do you think other kids feel seeing the parent and/or teachers kids down on the line or at all the sporting events sitting with the HS groups like cheer leading or football (example only) knowing in a few years those kids already have an advantage over them.

My sons and daughter can handle it, but they do complain along with their other co-players. As a father I was disappointed this year hearing it already before the season even had started.

The kids have termed it the "So and So Show" when it happens; it is what it is but an extension of the problem at the school. That is the point I was making, please do not digress from that. I will not name kids names since it is inappropriate in this forum.

Lastly, I admire their dedication and time they put in. But as you stated they are coaching their "OWN" kids. Help from other parents who have offered is "DISMISSED". Every athlete by JH should be learning every position and slowly will fall into the one where their talents fall, but having a QB that is 1-2 ft shorter than the guy who you SHOULD be coaching and grooming for the position in HS ; one that can actually see over our defensive line would be COACHING. That is how you groom your team into a winning team for the future.

Lastly, mistreatment I never said occurred. Those were your words. I believe they are a bit harsh for my comment, we are all talking about the main issue in the school "YOUR NAME" and what it gets you. But I do know of an instance of a boy standing on the sideline with an obvious broken arm (which could be seen from across the field)for about 15-20 min before the other opposing team coach called timeout and went over and said something to our coaches..kid did not get much play, but he did not have to suffer in pain. The coaches ignored his injury when he went to them on the field. He does not play any longer, this was reported to Denny Faber. This is a safety issue for the children since the opposing team had to provide the ice packs for the boy and parents could finally get him off the field to take him to the ER. Feel free to analyze how you will.

I do know the facts since I live in the middle of them with the kids, and this is what comes out of the mouths of the kids. They live even more in the middle of it. So please do not say to me I do not know anything about this topic. The boys and girls are very vocal, especially when they get together off the field or court.

Everyone else, thank you for chiming in with the list, I am sure it is longer. There were changes this year.

jgoad

None of the coaches you mention again are coaching HS or JH. So by "upper grades" I guess you mean 4th 5th and 6th grade. Sorry I misunderstood that.

Kresser coaches hs track but does not coach his own kids in hs track. So pretty much the whole point of your original post is wildly inaccurate: "Unfortunately, we are back to parent coaches again in higher grades...ridiculous."

What you are saying happens, simply does not happen.

Fischer does not coach jh football so he is not responsible for his son playing over others when he "cannot see over the line." He is a very fast, athletic kid playing qb which helps when your line is totally outmanned and the qb is running for his life .5 seconds into a play.

Many of the 4th 5th and 6th grade programs would not even exist if those parents had not stepped up to take over the bball and fball programs, I know that for a fact, so you should thank those parents or next time volunteer to take over then you can "play" your kid even if they don't deserve it. Which btw I don't believe happens anywhere at any level as much as people think. It's usually just parents' wounded egos.

Another Day

JGoad.. Enough! Now you have lowered yourself to kids names, and now for other kids to read put him on a pedestal. Do you know every athlete and their abilities, I do not think you do. You have no idea who I am talking about, I gave an "example". Look up the definition.

You have misunderstood or misread my comments since you seem to enjoy taking everything out of context. I did not open up this subject, it was already started by someone else a few pages ago. So I am not the only one with this issue.

"Your Name is the Game" at the school...everywhere. That was the point we were trying to make. You seem to have missed that.

Not going further on this since now you are highlighting kids names here to get slammed next or put on a pedestal. I was not talking about Fisher. Plus as I said I did not know if Mr. Fisher was a coach but he is on the sidelines and at practices. Enough! Read detail.

Once you can list every athlete (JH and HS) over the last 2 years and inclusive of this year and what sports they play; girls and boys and please make sure you can critique their abilities with a rating (as you seem to know who is good and who is not and know every athlete in all sports), then you should let this go.

Go an start timing who is fast and who is not. Make sure to take the time to write it down, you will have a good years worth of work ahead of you before you can even critique others or put any above each other.

arod1112

Cheer coach isn't full time teacher;
Chris Capizzi is only ASSISTANT fb coach not head coach
Ms. Lewis JUNIOR HIGH volleyball coach not HS
PHS has head girls softball coach with 3 kids at school and coached his daughter on Varsity 3 years ago. You can make this case with any local school. I'd hardly call that A LOT of parent coaches as you claimed MLS.

ModernDayBootlegger

I can name 1 parent that coaches at the Varsity level who had 2 daughters play. His name is Greg Edinger, and anyone who ever watched them play knows that he "ran the show" as his girls were both the primary pitchers. He is also a VERY POOR sport, and is always yelling at the girls or an umpire.

He is also a major reason why the girls relay team that went to State no longer chose to play softball.

SargentB

Terrible decision on Mr. Faber, the one person with the most loyalty to SMCC. Not only was he a student, teacher, coach and administrator for athletics, he also motivated his students and student athletes to succeed. There are always some who don't see the good someone has done over the past 31+ years. LOYALTY this man has is undeniable.
Denny: good luck!!!!!!!!!
Just for the record, I was not one your supporters, but that has nothing to do with the excellent job you did. So again I say good luck and maybe we'll meet on the golf course for a relaxing round.

Dcfred20036

The Cleveland Plain Dealer online is linking back to this story!

pigeon farmer

Wonder if more abuse cases are pending?

JACKEL

Just remember if you are caught in one lie, everything you say from then on is untrustworthy !

Holding Court

Very true-

-OSU Buckeye.

Another Day, why would Mrs. Curtis bring her family to Sandusky for one year? A former board member shared with me that she was instructed (by the board) to focus ONLY on her responsibilities. She chose not to do that. From what I was told, the board, administration , faculty, and staff didn't run her out. Her micromanaging did. Mrs. Curtis made some wonderful, much needed exterior improvements.

Karma2u

OSU correction: She did not bring her family, she left her boys in her old house in Rossford to fend for themseleves. She is a micromanaging control freak with a destructive pattern.

-OSU Buckeye.

Another Day, why would Mrs. Curtis bring her family to Sandusky for one year? A former board member shared with me that she was instructed (by the board) to focus ONLY on her responsibilities. She chose not to do that. From what I was told, the board, administration , faculty, and staff didn't run her out. Her micromanaging did. Having said that, Mrs. Curtis made some wonderful, much needed exterior improvements.

Tigress

It would have been nice to fix the interior I.e. Quality of education, evaluation of internal problems, etc. first and then worry about external beautification! I did hear the same thing about M. C. trying to micro-manage the high school principal, the elementary principal , the teachers, etc. causing chaos for everyone!

sugar

Bottom line is that some instructors, parents and students have been mistreated, and hurt enough to hold some deep seated resentments against SMCC. Unless this is dealt with I don't see how the school survives.

Dcfred20036

Sugar, excellent point. I think the parish priests need to do their jobs and create an environment of healing and reconciliation. The survival of the school is more important than these so called prominent people everyone keeps talking about. Just because you are prominent and have money does not mean that your agenda is in the best interest of the school. I think that when you have Denny Faber speaking publicly, with such hurt, is exhibit No 1 that something has gone terribly wrong with the school. Stop the madness. I would recommend to everyone affected to read the prayer of St. Francis.

Apples don't fa...

1st thing in saving this school is to clean house with the B.O.D! I would say that is a very good start.