November 21, 2014

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Stepp sets repayment plan for $83,000 bonus

Read more: • March 19 message from the Medina School Board • Randy Stepp’s bonus check MEDINA — On March 8, Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp told an audience of 400 gathered in the school’s Performing Arts Center that he would give back the $83,000 bonus he received in his new contract by having it Read More…

Editor: School board members should be accountable, too

I trust my reporters. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have to turn in detailed accounts of job-related expenses before they are reimbursed. And while I don’t want advance notice about $5 they spent to copy some public records, I certainly expect to be told about a substantial bill — say anything more than $100. Read More…

Medina School Board could face legal action

Read the documents: • Agenda for Jan. 7 work session • Minutes for Jan. 7 work session • Revised minutes for Jan. 7 work session • New superintendent contract approved Jan. 7 Loren Genson and David Knox MEDINA — The first hint that Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp had won a new contract didn’t come until more than two Read More…

Pact piles on perks for Stepp

Randy Stepp

Read Superintendent Randy Stepp’s unsigned, undated contract given to teachers union Read Stepp’s revised contract signed in 2009 adding longevity incentive (Item 23) Read Stepp’s revised contract signed in 2011 adding payment of past college loans and altering longevity incentive (Items 6 & 23) Loren Genson and David Knox MEDINA — Taxpayers paid thousands more Read More…

Union given incomplete Stepp contract

Read Superintendent Randy Stepp’s unsigned, undated contract given to teachers union Read Stepp’s revised contract signed in 2009 adding longevity incentive (Item 23) Read Stepp’s revised contract signed in 2011 adding payment of past college loans and altering longevity incentive (Items 6 & 23) David Knox and Loren Genson In spring 2010, John Leatherman, president Read More…

Medina board flinches on levy

MEDINA — The Medina school board agreed Friday to keep a 5.9-mill levy on the May 7 primary ballot despite heated criticism from teachers and community members of Superintendent Randy Stepp’s new contract, which included an $83,000 signing bonus. Stepp last week agreed to give back the bonus, which he received in January, but has Read More…

Teachers at Medina Schools reach agreement on new contract

MEDINA — Medina Schools teachers ratified a tentative agreement with the district, union officials said Wednesday afternoon. Teachers overwhelmingly approved the contract by a vote of 303 to 24. About 80 teachers did not cast a written ballot. The agreement, reached between the school board and the Medina City Teachers Association, calls for no increase Read More…

Pacts vary for Medina County school superintendents

Janice Wyckoff

MEDINA — Not every superintendent in Medina County gets a raise each year. Black River Superintendent Janice Wyckoff is the exception. Wyckoff, whose district includes parts of Medina, Ashland and Lorain counties, was paid $92,781 last year, according to school records. Not only does she earn less than the $100,000-plus salaries of the superintendents in Read More…

Newspaper shoulders some blame for missing Randy Stepp

David Knox

On Friday evening, before a packed house at the Medina Performing Art Center, Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp apologized. Now it’s my turn. Stepp made his mea culpa to an angry crowd of 400 parents and students demanding an explanation for his new contact, which included an $83,000 bonus in addition to annual compensation totaling Read More…

Union chief says Medina teachers may OK tentative contract

Randy Stepp

MEDINA — John Leatherman, president of the Medina City Teachers Association, expects the members of his union to approve a tentative contract even though it provides no increase in wages except for “step” hikes for years of experience and additional college course credits. “If I were to place a wager,” he said, “I think we Read More…