Late-breaking update: NewsChannel 5 reports Superintendent Randy Stepp will give back the $83,000 bonus provided for in the contract package from the Board voted on in January.
Hundreds packed a Board of Education meeting last night; many booed when the board opted to continue the meeting in executive session to discuss "contract matters" and the issue of the way Stepp's contract was disclosed and the issue of the bonus clearly left many in the room with a bad taste.
Medina teachers are voting next week on a new contract; their representatives pointedly noted educators had already taken numerous concessions, and the District also has a levy issue on the ballot in May.
Maybe a sign damage control is in order, Medina City Schools convening a public forum for tomorrow night at six with a special board meeting at the Performing Arts Center.
The District is in an uproar after details on a new contract for Superintendent Randy Stepp were revealed; the Board voted on the deal in January but it's only seen public discussion this week.
The deal would pay Stepp $186,000 annually and includes an $83,000 signing bonus to keep him from considering other job offers. Medina teachers are voting next week on a new contract that includes concessions, and their union leadership is urging them to approve the agreement despite the controversy over Stepp's deal.
Medina also has a school levy issue on the ballot in May.
Wednesday evening hundreds of people turned out for a board meeting; many were displeased with the board's handling of Stepp's contract.
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