USD 251 puts brakes on $6 million investment-grade audit Featured

USD 251 Interim Superintendent Mike Mathes (right) and board chair Matt Horton discuss part of Wednesday night's agenda during the board's regular meeting. USD 251 Interim Superintendent Mike Mathes (right) and board chair Matt Horton discuss part of Wednesday night's agenda during the board's regular meeting. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

The USD 251 North Lyon County School Board held its first regular meeting of the academic year with a new superintendent, and it didn't take long for Mike Mathes to shift prior direction on one major topic.


Mathes, chosen recently as interim superintendent, recommended the board halt an investment-grade audit for possible improvements at North Lyon County Elementary-Junior High in Americus and at Northern Heights High School.

Mathes said the $6 million lease arrangement over 15 years was not a prudent use of district money.

Prior superintendent Aron Dody had supported the audit from the P1 Group, which can serve as a cost analysis for potential upgrades and enhancements. Over the past 18 months, the district had shifted its emphasis from new construction -- a K-12 building or a K-8 campus -- to remodeling and renovating after three bond measures for new facilities were voted down earlier this decade.

In other business, the board approved contract packages and agreements for teachers, classified staff and administrators. Mathes says he's grateful for extra state funds through an education funding plan announced earlier this year. He says that set the table for the 5-percent package increase, in addition to three new inservice days for teachers.

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