Medina Superintendent: Focus is on Kids, Not Salary

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MEDINA, Ohio– Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp is giving up his pay raise and $83,000 bonus.

Stepp told FOX 8’s Kevin Freeman that the public outcry from teachers, students and parents at a special meeting Wednesday night, made him realize that his salary was a point of contention that he didn’t want, so he voluntarily gave up the bonus and merit raise.

Stepp also said he wants what’s best for students. He said he’s focused on the kids, not the salary.

The superintendent also told Kevin Freeman that even though several other school districts have expressed interest in him, he’s staying in Medina.

The Medina City School District’s Board of Education released this statement Thursday afternoon:

“Our number one priority is always academic excellence for our children. Now is the time for all of us in the community to come together in support of our schools. Economic challenges remain, and we heard your concerns about Superintendent Stepp’s new contract loud and clear. After a serious discussion with the Board in last night’s executive session, Superintendent Stepp volunteered to forgo the $83,000 longevity incentive and also to forgo merit raises, which could total as much as $36,000 annually during the term of this contract.

We believe strongly in Dr. Stepp’s leadership and his vision for our children’s education. Over the past seven years under his leadership the district: has achieved an Excellent rating from the state each year, 70% of our students go on to a four-year college or university and another 11% go on to a two-year college, ACT and SAT scores are consistently above the national average, the number of National Merit finalists continues to increase, our students excel in the performing arts and athletics and the cost per pupil has been reduced by $1,200, which amounts to nearly $9,000,000 annually.

Under the direction of Dr. Stepp, we have put a strong emphasis on increasing our efficiencies by implementing LEAN management practices, shared services, and other collaborative efforts throughout the community.

Our vision for the future is to prepare our students to be productive citizens who make positive contributions to their community and society. We need to work together as a community to assure we achieve our goal of academic excellence for our children.”

A community forum was still be held Friday, March 8 at Medina High School in the Performing Arts Center from 6:00-7:30 p.m.