MEDINA: Former city schools Superintendent Randy Stepp, who resigned after the board voted to fire him, is claiming victory against the district after being paid $750,000 to settle a lawsuit he filed.

Stepp issued a lengthy statement Tuesday saying the settlement “is a total and complete vindication of me and validates everything I had been telling people about this situation from the beginning.”

The school board approved the settlement last month. Liberty Mutual, the district’s insurance company, paid the full settlement.

The school board suspended Stepp in 2013, and he resigned in 2014. He later filed a wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit against the district.

The Medina schools community was critical of Stepp and the school board after learning that the district agreed to reimburse Stepp $265,000 for his college education and provide him an $83,000 bonus as part of his contract.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost has since blasted Stepp and the district for using $172,000 in carryover funds managed by the Medina County Educational Service Center to repay college loans taken out through the U.S. Department of Education. He also was critical of other spending by the superintendent and criticized board members.

But Stepp said the settlement with the district shows “there was no wrongdoing on my part.”

In his statement, he wrote: “I gave my heart and soul to the district and the children of Medina, many times sacrificing what was in the best interest of my own family.”

He noted that students achieved high scores on graduation tests and he successfully led the district through the Great Recession.

Stepp added that his children and family were targets during the controversy.

“They endured more abuse from evil-hearted people than any children should ever have to endure,” he wrote. “It is amazing that those who embrace a profession of service to children and those who preach tolerance and safety from a social media soap box were the most aggressive and behaved as the bullies they speak against.”

He also thanked those who stood by him.

“Finally, I am thankful to God,” he wrote. “God gave me the resolve and strength to stay the course, especially when those who didn’t know me tried to destroy me for their own personal gain and 15 minutes of fame.”

District officials couldn’t be reached for comment.