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State: School official must repay $4,000

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor says an embattled school superintendent in northeast Ohio must repay about $4,000 for questionable expenses including gift cards and travel upgrades.

The findings announced Tuesday against Randolph Stepp left unresolved the issue of $172,011 paid by Medina (meh-DY'-nuh) schools 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 business flight upgrade.

Stepp could not be reached for comment. Messages were left at the school board and for an attorney representing him on a separate school-related lawsuit. A phone listed for his home address has been disconnected.

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

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