April 23, 2014

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Medina school board president resigns

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MEDINA — On the eve of a Medina school board meeting to discuss greater spending oversight in light of controversy over Superintendent Randy Stepp’s compensation, board President Charles Freeman resigned. In a letter Tuesday to the school board, Freeman wrote: “My focus and highest priority has always been for the best educational interests of the Read More…

Superintendent Stepp’s claim of required MBA disputed

Loren Genson and David Knox MEDINA — Superintendent Randy Stepp repeatedly has said his taxpayer-paid master’s degree in business administration was a requirement of his job as superintendent of Medina Schools. The available public record doesn’t support that claim. While it is clear the school board wanted Superintendent Stepp to get an MBA — which Read More…

Educational Service Center proposes stricter oversight of funds

MEDINA — A proposal for greater oversight and tighter controls over school district funds managed by the county Educational Service Center includes a requirement that school board presidents sign off on checks greater than $10,000. The proposal was discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Medina County Schools’ Educational Service Center governing board. ESC board member Read More…

State to look at Medina Schools spending from county fund

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Loren Genson and David Knox In the last five years, Medina City Schools has spent $2.8 million from a fund maintained by the county Educational Service Center. The total is nearly $1 million more than that spent by any of the other six school districts served by the county ESC. While almost all of the Read More…

Medina School Board picks Cahalan to replace Wilder

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MEDINA — The Medina city school board has appointed Thomas Cahalan to fill the spot left vacant by Dr. Robert Wilder last month. Cahalan works as a personal trainer at the Medina Community Recreation Center, and is the former owner of TLC Packaging Inc. Cahalan has lived in the district for 21 years. In a Read More…

Cahalan picked for Medina school board

MEDINA — Thomas Cahalan has been named by the Medina Board of Education to fill the seat vacated by the retirement last month of Dr. Robert Wilder. Cahalan, a 21-year resident of the district, is a personal trainer, working out of the Medina Community Recreation Center. He holds a master of science in management and Read More…

District owes Stepp’s taxes?

Read the documents: • Medina Schools Supertendent Randy Stepp’s 2009 contract, including retention bonus (Item 23) • Stepp’s revised Nov. 7, 2011 contract, adding payment of past college loans and altering longevity incentive (Items 6 & 23) • Stepp’s new contract, approved Jan. 7 Loren Genson and David Knox Taxpayers may be on the hook for tens of Read More…

Medina school board members: We didn’t know how much

Members of the Medina school board acknowledged Friday they didn’t know how big a bill Superintendent Randy Stepp had run up to pay for his education. In an email response signed by all four school board members to questions posed by The Gazette on Sunday, they said they knew the district was helping to pay Read More…

Medina school board responds to Gazette questions concerning superintendent

Medina Board of Education President Charles Freeman, left, and member Susan Vlcek attend a March 15 board meeting. (GAZETTE FILE)

Statement from the Medina City Schools Board of Education, March 22nd, 2013: 1. When the board agreed to pay the cost of Dr. Stepp’s past education, did you have a general idea of how large the bill would be? The Board of Education encouraged Dr. Stepp’s education and professional development. The Board of Education was Read More…

17 vie for vacant Medina School Board seat

MEDINA — The Medina Board of Education will meet today and tomorrow to conduct interviews for the seat on the board left vacant by the retirement of Dr. Robert Wilder. The board has 17 applicants and will conduct private interviews with each starting at 5:30 p.m. today in the conference room at 140 W. Washington Read More…