Ohio school board fires chief after audit

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A suburban Cleveland school district has fired its embattled superintendent.

The Medina (meh-DY'-nuh) school board voted unanimously Thursday night to terminate superintendent Randy Stepp.

The firing comes days after the state auditor released a report that ordered Stepp to reimburse the district for more than $4,000 in improper expenses.

Still unresolved is the issue of $172,011 paid by Medina schools for his college loans. That matter is pending before the U.S. Department of Education.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1ihLJoG) reports that the vote came after a two-hour closed-door discussion among board members and their attorney.

Stepp, who was on paid leave, has sued the board for defamation. The district has challenged that claim.

Stepp has until Monday to request a hearing on the firing.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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