June 28, 2016

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Educational Service Center interviewing for new treasurer

The Medina County Schools’ Educational Service Center is interviewing candidates for treasurer.

Board members interviewed three applicants during a special meeting Monday evening at the board offices and will conduct another special meeting at 6:30 p.m. today to interview two others.

Superintendent William Koran said these are only the first round of interviews.

“After we complete these first five interviews, we will decide if we want to call any of them back for a second interview,” he said.

The previous ESC treasurer, Michelle McNeely, resigned last September, citing “personal and family reasons.”

Floyd Parsson, of Litchfield Township, replaced McNeely as interim treasurer. Parsson retired from the treasurer position with Midview Schools about two years ago. He didn’t apply for the permanent position.

Last year, the ESC was the focus of a special state audit of spending by former Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp. The audit, which was requested by the Medina school board, examined Stepp’s spending from a carryover fund, which held money left over after the district paid for ESC services, such as school nurses, tutors for special needs students and bus driver training.

While the money was held in an ESC account, it belonged to the Medina school district and Stepp determined how it was spent. The school board voted to fire Stepp in October after the audit reported $4,121 in illegal spending and more than $1.5 million that was either not properly documented or had an “unclear” purpose.

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