MEDINA, Ohio - The Medina City School District announced findings of a state audit, which revealed Superintendent Dr. Randy Stepp misused more than $4,000.
At a news conference inside the board of education building, Board President Karla Robinson the money must be repaid by Dr. Stepp for purchases he made with district funds that were not for a proper public purpose.
Auditors found that during the audit period of July 1, 2005 through March 31, 2013, there were eight instances where expenditures totaling $4,121 did not appear to have a proper public purpose.
According to the state auditor's report, the improper transactions included $800 of gift cards from a local specialty food store, $1,410 of gift cards from a local restaurant and $87 for candy and floral arrangements from a local grocery store.
The report also noted unnecessary costs to the district through travel expenses and mileage reimbursement.
Public outcry led to the state audit. In April, the board voted to rescind Stepp's contract, which included an $83,000 signing bonus. The board determined the 5-year contract was null and void because they violated the Ohio Sunshine Laws when it was initially negotiated. His contract is now set to expire in 2014 and the board has voted not to renew it.
Referring to the audit, Robinson also said that $950,000 was disbursed to other vendor's on the board's behalf, but without proper authorization from the Medina Board of Education.
"The district had established policies and administrative guidelines relating to purchases which were not followed by the superintendent," Robinson said.
She also pointed out that the Auditor of State noted the investigation into the educational reimbursement to Dr. Stepp of $172,011 is incomplete.
The report states: "As of the date of this report, we are awaiting additional information from the U.S. Department of Education on the details of the $172,011 amount paid. An addendum to this report will be issued by the Auditor of State once the information is received."
A special school board meeting will take place on Thursday evening. Robinson said the board will meet in executive session, but could make a statement after the meeting. She said it's possible that the board could make a recommendation to fire Dr. Stepp.
The district is seeking a 5.9 mill levy in November to raise more than $6.6 million.
Some parents, who attended today's news conference, said they were glad the board provided new details on the investigation, but questioned if there could be any more findings before election day.
Stepp is currently on paid administrative leave. He told NewsChannel5 via text message on Tuesday morning that he needed to contact his attorneys before deciding whether he would comment.
Read copy of the auditor's full report .
Read Randy Stepp's response to Medina City Schools special audit.
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