It all started when the Medina school board quietly — very quietly — approved a raise of $83,000 for Superintendent Randy Stepp, bringing his total compensation up to $186,000.
Then the Medina Gazette reported on other benefits the district provided to Stepp, like repayment of $172,000 in old student loans, tuition for an MBA and a $4,800 trip to Florida for a conference–including two nights at a luxury hotel after the four-day conference ended.
Medina has a levy before voters next month, but the board could decide tonight to pull it off the ballot.
WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports:
“When I was asked by our board if the teachers would support it, I said, ‘I just cannot ask them financially to support it with what’s going on.’ And as far as the door-to-door, it’s not like we were the ones who mismanaged the money, but teachers would be hard-pressed to stand on somebody’s front porch right now and knock on the door and say, ‘Hey, I’m from Medina City Schools and we need your support on the levy,’” [Medina teachers union president John Leatherman says.]