April 16, 2014

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A chronology of Randy Stepp’s Gazette coverage

A chronology of The Gazette’s coverage of Superintendent Randy Stepp’s new contract, and the subsequent developments.

Date of Gazette story with accompanying headline
March 5
Stepp’s pact stuns union: School board OKs package that includes $83,000 signing bonus
March 6
Contract stirs levy backlash
March 7
No answers: School board leaves packed meeting without addressing questions
March 7
Board member releases details of tentative pact
March 8
Union: No trust in board, Stepp
March 8
Stepp gives up signing bonus, merit raises: Public questions to be addressed at forum tonight
March 9
Stepp apologizes: Bonus to be deducted from superintendent’s pay
March 9
School board responds to written questions from residents. The Gazette fact-checks responses
March 10
Union: Teachers may OK deal
March 11
Editor’s column: “Paper shoulders some blame for missing Stepp
March 13
Pacts vary for school chiefs: A breakdown on the county superintendents’ pay and benefits
March 14
Teachers OK deal
March 16
Pact piles on perks: Stepp, board remain mum on why contract was modified to pay off superintendent’s college loans
March 16
Board flinches on levy
March 19
Contract might be challenged
March 21
Stepp sets repayment plan
March 21
Editor’s column: “School board members should be accountable, too
March 22
17 vie for vacant seat
March 23
District owes Stepp’s taxes? Latest contract adds college tax liability
March 23
Board members: We didn’t know how much
March 23
Their response: Read the board members’ answers to The Gazette’s questions
March 23
Commentary: “Board’s student representative calls contract ‘inappropriate’ ”
March 25
Millions spent from county fund: State auditors to make inquiries of district
March 25
School board picks Cahalan
March 26
County fund oversight sought
March 27
Board president resigns
March 27
Stepp’s claim of required MBA disputed
March 28
Packed house slams school board, Stepp: Board told to resign
March 28
Stepp rejects criticism
March 30
Largest school districts asked about Stepp’s student loan: Paying old debt unheard of
April 3
Stepp’s expenses-paid trip to Orlando in 2008: Stepp reimbursed $4,782.89 — including two nights at a luxury hotel after national conference ended
April 4
Board hired PR firm for $20K: Company known for crisis management hired same day as board met in closed-door session
April 4
Union officials, board president to discuss oversight of ESC funds
April 5
Prosecutor to contact state: Ohio auditor to determine if audit is needed; Dean Holman to meet with police, sheriff to see if investigation is required
April 5
Stepp defends his position in email to parents, staff
April 6
State will audit fund
April 8
School board to pick new member Tuesday: Schools’ $20,000 PR contract may come to a vote
April 9
Stepp placed on leave: State auditor reviews handling of Educational Service Center account
April 9
Superintendent Randy Stepp’s guest column: “All of contract OK’d by board.”