NE Ohio school superintendent on leave amid audit

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio school superintendent is on paid leave while the state audits a fund used to pay more than $265,000 for his college education expenses.

The Medina (meh-DY'-nuh) Gazette (http://bit.ly/14RCER1 ) reports the Medina school board announced superintendent Randy Stepp's administrative leave Monday. A board spokeswoman says that is part of the investigatory procedure, not a sign of discipline or wrongdoing.

Auditor Dave Yost agreed to conduct a review after questions arose about a district fund at the Medina County Schools' Educational Service Center.

The superintendent approved payments from the account that the district board and treasurer didn't have to approve. Coverage of his educational expenses was part of Stepp's contract, but the community has questioned other payments he directed, including travel expenses.

Medina is 30 miles southwest of Cleveland.

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Information from: The Medina County Gazette, http://www.medina-gazette.com

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