Medina voters may see school levy in November, audit still underway

MEDINA, Ohio - Voters in the Medina City School District may see a 5.9 mill levy this November.

The school board will vote on placing the levy on the ballot at its July 15 meeting.

The levy was removed from the ballot this past May because of the controversy involving Superintendent Randy Stepp's employment contract.

Stepp's contract was rescinded and he was placed on paid administrative leave while an audit is conducted into his use of funds from the Medina County Educational Services Center. Stepp received thousands of dollars from the center to pay for his education, which was legal under his contract. But school board members said they didn't know the amount was so high.

Stepp sued the board and other school district officials for breach of contract and this week, one of those defendants, Human Resources Director and Legal Counsel Jim Shields, asked that the case against him be dismissed.

School board members responded to Stepp's suit last week with a counter-claim asking that he repay his $83,000 retention bonus.

Although Stepp's new contract was rescinded, he is currently being paid under the terms of his old contract which doesn't expire until July 2014.  There's no word on when the audit of the Educational Services Center will be completed.

Retired principal Dave Knight is serving as interim superintendent.

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