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BOE places Medina superintendent on leave amid contract controversy

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Question-and-answer session with the Medina City School Board Question-and-answer session with the Medina City School Board
MEDINA, OH (WOIO) -

The Medina City School Board of Education has placed Superintendent Dr. Randy Stepp on paid administrative leave effective Monday, pending further investigation.

This administrative leave is being taken as part of a standard investigatory procedure and is not a disciplinary action or adverse employment action or finding of wrongdoing.

The move comes in the wake of community anger after it was revealed the superintendent's new contract had some pretty nice bonuses.

The school board gave Dr. Stepp, whom has been superintendent of Medina Schools since 2006, an $83,000 bonus. It's called a signing bonus, but really it's a retention bonus trying to keep him with the district. And if he ever left, he'd have to repay it.

Stepp later agreed to give up his $83,000 signing bonus, as well as the merit raises in his new contract.

The district has posted answers to some questions from the community on its website at www.medinacityschooldistrict.org.

The controversy over Stepp's contract also has sparked opposition to the school district's $5.9 million levy on the May ballot.

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