Still on-suspension Medina school chief Randy Stepp's heading to court, filing suit against the school district for defamation of character and dumping his lucrative renewal deal. Taxpayers in Medina went through the roof when they heard about his bonus of over $80-grand; it didn't get any better when they heard the district paid him hundreds of thousands. The Board's already seen changing faces, even yanking a school levy.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reporting Stepp filed suit last week, charging defamation and breach of contract among other things. The board took up Stepp's offer to repay more than $80,000 in bonus money, but the offer was based on a repayment plan critics say amounted to a lucrative interest-free multi-year loan.
Critics also pointed to revelations reported by the Medina Gazette on the school district's payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in reimbursement to Stepp for his college costs, including undergraduate and post-graduate work, from an account he controlled without board oversight.
Dr. Stepp says he was left with no choice, but suffered significant loss of standing in the community, mental anguish, humiliation and suffering. He also claims lost current and future income as damages.