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Medina board suspends its superintendent, but cautions not to read into it
Suspension will continue until a state audit is done
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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The Medina school board has suspended its superintendent with pay, just three days after it asked the state auditor to do a special review of the district’s books. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on an investigation that the school board is stressing doesn’t mean anyone did anything wrong.

SCHULTZE: Stepp suspended with pay

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Medina Superintendent Randy Stepp returned after spring break only to be told to turn in his keys and credit cards, and to stay off school property and “means of communication.” He was also told to refrain from using board-paid travel and professional development accounts, both of which are the subject of a special audit.

Board President Karla Robinson said the procedure is standard when questions arise, and it’s not to be read as evidence Stepp did something wrong. But she says the arrangement that allowed him to authorize hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses from a special board account was too loose.

“The problem has been that there have not been enough checks and balances for that account. And we have already put standards in place, checks and balances in place to make sure that, from now on, that will not happen.”

Robinson says state auditors will be asked to review the new standards, as well as 10 years’ worth of expenditures from the account, which is held for the Medina City Schools by the county-wide Educational Services’ Center.

The Medina school board retroactively signed contracts giving Stepp more than $400,000 in bonuses and payments toward his student loans and advanced degrees, but said it hadn’t realized the total cost. The money was withdrawn from the special account. The Medina Gazette has raised questions about other expenses, and Stepp has agreed to pay back one of his bonuses. In an email from his personal account, he says he has done nothing but serve the district with dedication.

 

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As someone originally from Medina, this doesn't surprise me at all. Manipulation of local and state funds for personal gain has been rampant for years. Good luck auditors! Look for their second set of books!


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