November 21, 2014

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Medina Schools superintendent Randy Stepp gives up $83,000 bonus

MEDINA — Medina Schools superintendent Randy Stepp has volunteered to give up his $83,000 signing bonus, as well as merit raises in his new contract, according to the Medina City School board.

“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,” the board stated in a press release Thursday afternoon.

According to the statement, the merit raises could add up to as much as $36,000 a year during the term of the contract.

“We believe strongly in Dr. Stepp’s leadership and his vision for our children’s education,” the release stated.

There will be a Community Forum on Friday at Medina High School, in the Performing Arts Center, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and will include a question and answer session with the board. The district will be posting answers to questions it has already received on its website at www.medinacityschooldistrict.org.

Following is the full text of the board’s press release.

Board States Number One Priority is Always Academic Excellence for Children

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
• 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.

We will be holding a Community Forum on Friday, March 8 at Medina High School, in the Performing Arts Center, 6-7:30 PM. This forum will give our community an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with the Board of Education. The district will be posting a Q & A on the website at www.medinacityschooldistrict.org answering questions that have already been submitted.