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Medina moves closer to firing its school superintendent
Randy Stepp is suing the board of education for breach of contract, and has insisted he did ntohing wrong
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
Medina Superintendent Randy Stepp is now on unpaid leave, as the Board of Education voted unanimously to fire him.
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The Medina City school board has taken the next step toward firing its superintendent.

The board moved Randy Stepp from paid to unpaid leave today, and unanimously authorized terminating him. Stepp had been given until 1 this (Monday) afternoon to present evidence exonerating him. The Beacon Journal says he showed up with his attorney for brief private hearing.

The board had put Stepp on paid leave in April, after word broke that it had awarded him an  $83,000 bonus and agreed to pay $172,000 in college loans and  expenses.  The board later said the meeting at which it had approved those deals did not follow Ohio’s public meetings law.

He sued for breach of contract in May

This month, a special state audit raised questions about more than $4,000 in gift cards and travel expenses accrued by Stepp that “did not appear to have a proper public use” and referred questions about the education expenses and other benefits to the IRS.

The audit also raised questions about close to a million dollars in other spending that the school board did not explicitly OK. 

Here's a copy of the resolution unanimously passed by the Medina City Board of Education this afternoon: 

The BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE MEDINA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT met in special session on the 28th day of October, 2013, with the following members present:

Mr. Doug Adamczyk

Mr. Tom Cahalan

Mr. Bill Grenfell

Dr. Karla Robinson

Mrs. Susan Vlcek 

            Mr. Grenfell moved the adoption of the following resolution:

RESOLUTION

            WHEREAS Sections 3319.01 and 3319.16 of the Ohio Revised Code authorize the termination of administrative and teaching contracts for cause, following a hearing conducted by the Board or a state-appointed referee; and

            WHEREAS Sections 3319.01 and 3319.16 of the Ohio Revised Code further authorize the suspension of teaching and administrative contracts, without pay, pending proceedings to terminate, if the Board determines that the character of the charges warrants such action; and

            WHEREAS this Board believes that the conduct of Dr. Randolph Stepp constitutes grounds for termination of both his administrative contract and his continuing contract as a teacher (if applicable) under Sections 3319.01 and 3319.16 of the Ohio Revised Code; and

            WHEREAS Dr. Randolph Stepp has been given the opportunity to appear before the President and Vice-President of this Board to show cause why his teaching and/or administrative contract(s) should not be suspended pending action to terminate;

            BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that this Board hereby initiates legal proceedings for the termination of the administrative contract (and teaching contract, if applicable) of Dr. Randolph Stepp, in accordance with law; and

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Dr. Randolph Stepp is hereby suspended, without pay, during the pendency of termination proceedings, such suspension to take effect as of today’s date; and

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Treasurer, in consultation with legal counsel, is hereby directed to prepare and mail to Dr. Randolph Stepp by certified mail, return receipt requested, a written notice of the Board’s intention to consider the termination of his employment contract(s), which notice shall include a full specification of the grounds for such consideration.

            Mrs. Vlcek seconded the motion.

            Upon roll call, the vote resulted as follows:

 Mr. Doug Adamczyk:           AYE

Mr. Tom Cahalan:                AYE

Mr. Bill Grenfell:                   AYE

Dr. Karla Robinson:             AYE

Mrs. Susan Vlcek:                AYE

 

ADOPTED:    October 28, 2013.

 

ATTEST:  Karla Robinson, President, Medina City School Board of Education and

                  Jim Hudson, Treasurer, Medina City School District

 

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