(Medina) - 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 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.

Click here  to read the state Auditor's report

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