An Ohio school superintendent has agreed to give back an $83,000 bonus and merit raises called for in his new contract.
The decision by Medina Superintendent Randy Stepp followed a crowded school board meeting and a social media debate over the bonus and the raises, which could have totaled $36,000 annually.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports the Medina school board announced Thursday that Stepp had volunteered to give back the bonus and the raises after a closed-door discussion with the board the night before.
The board said it believed strongly in Stepp’s leadership and vision for children’s education.
The board said the district has thrived under Stepp the past seven years, with high academic ratings and college attendance rates and ACT and SAT scores above the national average.