Mathes wraps up tenure as USD 251 superintendent: 'It's been a real positive experience' Featured

Mike Mathes offers comments during his first meeting as USD 251 North Lyon County superintendent in July 2018. Mathes, who agreed to a two-year term as interim superintendent, had his last day in that role Wednesday. Mike Mathes offers comments during his first meeting as USD 251 North Lyon County superintendent in July 2018. Mathes, who agreed to a two-year term as interim superintendent, had his last day in that role Wednesday. KVOE News file photo

Mike Mathes has handed off his keys and headed -- officially -- into retirement.


Mathes has been leading USD 251 North Lyon County on an interim basis since replacing Aron Dody in 2018. Mathes had spent nearly 20 years leading the Topeka Seaman district before coming to North Lyon County, and he says he has enjoyed the past 24 months.

Mathes says the district has handled the coronavirus pandemic extremely well, and he says the district has also done well for its students by redesigning its education methods.

Mathes came to a district in upheaval shortly after the last of three bond measures for new facilities had failed. Patrons will eventually have to decide whether to build new or renovate existing buildings, and Mathes has proposed two options, one for a K-12 campus in Americus and one for a renovated Northern Heights.



Mathes says he has been working closely with incoming superintendent Bob Blair, who comes to North Lyon County after nearly a decade of leading USD 114 Riverside.

Mathes may be retiring, but he will be busy. He plans to mentor new superintendents through the Kansas State Leadership Institute, and he also does some landscaping work for the Seaman district. He is also on the Soldier Township Board of Trustees.

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