July 1, 2016

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Medina school board chooses Adamczyk as new member

Douglas Adamczyk

MEDINA — The Medina school board Wednesday night named Douglas Adamczyk to replace former board President Charles Freeman.

Adamczyk, 41, is a regional director of mortgage sales for First Priority Financial, managing a branch office on North Court Street. A five-year resident of the school district, he holds a bachelor’s degree in management.

“I’m thrilled and humbled,” Adamczyk said. “I feel this is a great opportunity to be able to bring the community back together to support the schools.”

Freeman resigned from the board March 26, citing the ongoing controversy over Superintendent Randy Stepp’s compensation as distracting from his commitment to focus on students.

“It is my sincere hope that with new leadership, the Board, union, teachers, administrators and community can again come together and place our collective focus where it belongs: on the kids,” Freeman wrote in his resignation letter.

The board placed Stepp on paid administrative leave Monday, and has requested an audit of the school district’s “carryover” fund maintained by the Medina County Schools’ Educational Service Center. Money from the fund had been used to pay nearly a quarter-million dollars for Stepp’s education.

Adamczyk was chosen from a field of 18 applicants for the open position. He will be sworn in at the next regular board meeting Tuesday.

“This was an extremely difficult decision,” board President Karla Robinson said. “Mr. Adamczyk has demonstrated a strong commitment to public service. He’s been in attendance at every meeting since this application process began.

“We believe he has the strength of character and commitment to public education that we really need on our board right now.”

Adamczyk is the second new board member this year. Thomas Cahalan was appointed March 23 to replace Dr. Robert Wilder, who resigned in February.

Adamczyk lives with his wife and two boys in Medina. One of their children attends Claggett Middle School. The other goes to the Medina County Career Center.

“My wife graduated from Medina High School,” he said. “This is a community that we believe in.”

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.