MEDINA, Ohio (AP) -- A suburban Cleveland school district fired its embattled superintendent days after the state auditor ordered him to repay more than $4,000 in questionable expenses.
Randy Stepp, whose dismissal was approved Thursday night by the school board, has been on paid administrative leave.
Stepp has until Monday to tell the board if he wants a hearing on the contract termination. The board plans to meet Monday after the response deadline to consider authorizing dismissal proceedings.
The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1ihLJoG) reported that the vote came after a two-hour closed-door discussion among board members and their attorney.
Two days earlier, the state said Stepp must repay about $4,000 for questionable expenses including gift cards and travel upgrades. The findings announced Tuesday by the state auditor left unresolved the issue of $172,011 paid by the school board for his college loans. That matter is pending before the U.S. Department of Education.
The repayments include $1,410 for gift cards for no apparent business purpose and $277 for a flight upgrade.
Stepp, whose home phone listing has been disconnected, could not be reached for comment Friday. A message seeking comment was left for an attorney representing him on a school-related lawsuit.
Stepp, who had been put on paid leave, has sued the board for defamation. The district has challenged that claim.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com