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 issued a statement saying he can account for all of those expenses and they were used for public purposes.

Stepp remains on administrative leave but the board may look into whether he can be fired.