We took care of the griefing. Turns out one of the protections on spawn goofed a bit and allowed a loophole to where people could build. We settled it and I protected spawn twice to make sure it was dealt with. I also installed anti-grief plugins.
sorry for spamming this shoutbox, but now MOST permissions work. The chat and multiverse ones do not. Once I get everything set up, I will create a topic on the forums to organize how we will build spawn.