July 1, 2016

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Snafu means Parkhurst may lose Medina Schools seat

Rebecca Parkhurst’s term on the Medina Board of Education will expire at the end of the year, but she might be back in January. Parkhurst mistakenly was omitted from the Nov. 3 ballot for re-election. It wasn’t until after the filing deadline that the district realized its mistake. Now, it’s up to the board to Read More…

Medina Schools OKs drug testing of student-athletes

The Medina Board of Education unanimously adopted a random drug-testing policy at its meeting Monday night. The random urine-testing policy will be adopted at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. According to the policy, the program is designed to create a safe, drug-free environment for student-athletes and assist them in getting help when needed. Read More…

School board roundup: Ross picks up Medina seat

The third time was a charm for Ron Ross. According to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections, Ross captured one of two Medina Board of Education seats Tuesday by a close margin over incumbent Tracy Givelekian. Another incumbent, Doug Eastwood, amassed the most votes — 6,023 — with 100 percent of votes Read More…

Election 2015: Medina School Board looks to move forward

In the aftermath of the controversy of former Superintendent Randy Stepp , things have been difficult at times for the Medina School Board. Two people running for spots on the school board in the Nov. 3 election, Doug Eastwood and Tracy Givelekian, were appointed in January 2014 after two board members resigned amid the Stepp Read More…

Medina Schools expects to seek levy renewal by 2019

Medina Schools’ financial forecast is strong — at least until a levy expires in 2019, Treasurer David M. Chambers said at Monday night’s school board meeting. At that time, he said, Medina will need a renewal of an emergency levy voters passed in 2013. The 5.9-mill emergency levy was needed to avoid a budget shortfall Read More…

School board races on Nov. 3 ballot

Only Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Medina and Norwayne schools have contested board races on the Nov. 3 ballot. Here’s a look at what voters will see on the ballot in each district. Incumbent officeholders are designated with a (*). Medina County Educational Service Center (with Summit County) Two candidates filed for two seats: (*) Kent W. Patterson Read More…

Medina school board president resigns

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

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…