Medina City Schools Superintendent Picks Up Massive Bonus

Medina City Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp is sitting pretty right now with a fresh stack of cash. But taxpaying voters are rising up with fury over Stepp's supersized paycheck and signing bonus.

The Medina Gazette has the details surrounding Stepp's current contract: a bottom line of $186,000 in annual salary and a cool $86,000 just for being a swell guy.

John Leatherman, president of the Medina City Teachers’ Association, is rightfully arguing that Stepp's snappy salary figures were pulled together with less than minimal transparency. During teachers' negotiations in late February, he says no one was made aware of what the superintendent would now be pulling.

Via the Gazette:

Leatherman said the timing of Stepp’s contract could jeopardize the agreement, which will be presented to the teachers Thursday [March 7], followed by a vote in the next three days.

The teachers have been without a contract since June 2012.

“I’m concerned about the status of this tentative agreement,” he said. “It’s not lucrative in any way, shape or form for the teachers. We really kept the needs of the community in mind when we made this tentative agreement.”

Leatherman declined to reveal details of the tentative agreement. But another source said the pact calls for no wage increase except for seniority “step” increases.

It's a story worth staying tuned in to, especially given the bedlam sweeping public school districts in the area (to proffer a fairly *reaching* connection).

Stepp certainly has some questions to answer. To that end, however, school board member Bill Grenfell dropped an email that outlines the "equitable and appropriate distribution of resources" taking place here.

A public forum will be held 6 - 7:30 p.m. March 8 at the high school.

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