Board Voids Medina Supt. Contract, Nixes Levy

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MEDINA, Ohio -- The Medina City School Board has voted to void the superintendent’s controversial contract, which included an $83,000 signing bonus.

The board approved the surprise resolution at their regular Tuesday meeting at Medina High School.

They also voted to not place a levy on the ballot.

Board President Dr. Karla Robinson explained to an auditorium half-full of parents and others that the contract for Superintendent Randy Stepp is legally invalid, because the January 7 executive session meeting where the board approved it violated state law.

Board members said before the January meeting they did not previously disclose the board intended to take action on Stepp’s contract, which is required by Ohio Sunshine Law.

Robinson said when people became upset over the details of Stepp’s contract, including the $83,000 retention bonus, they had an attorney look over the contract.

Stepp previously agreed to give back the money, and he must pay it back in a lump sum, according to officials.

“When all of this controversy came to our attention we sought legal counsel immediately and put everything before him, and said, ‘What do you think?’” Robinson said.

Robinson said the lawyer said the contract is invalid because the meeting was invalid under state law.

Robinson said Tuesday’s vote to rescind Stepp’s contract is showing the board is aware of the defects in its own actions and is correcting those defects on its own.

Stepp was placed on paid administrative leave April 8 as the state auditor investigates whether his contract is legal.

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