Medina parents packed the Performing Arts Center Friday night as the flap over Superintendent Dr. Randy Stepp's contract continues to inflame emotions -- despite Stepp's decision to give back $100,000 worth of bonus and merit increases included in his five-year contract.
Channel 3 News reports the Board of Education defended their decision, saying Stepp was worth it. Stepp noted his heart was in the right place, while every leader doesn't always make the best decisions. He also told the TV station not every superintendent had an MBA, and that boosted his value in his position.
But that advanced degree didn't set well with some, who criticized the Board paying for the MBA and other degrees Stepp earned. Parents also noted the District doesn't have busing due to cost-cutting, and pay-to-play fees associated with athletics and other after-school activities are among the highest in the region.
Medina teachers are scheduled to vote next week on a new contract; voters in the school district also have a levy to consider in May's election.