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USD 251 reports Open Meetings Act violation, discusses superintendent search

Members of the North Lyon County School Board have not commented on a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act earlier this month.

Board members had informal discussion on business matters before entering the Nov. 5 meeting, according to Lyon County Attorney Marc Goodman.

Those discussions should have been held in an executive session, according to Goodman.

Because the district reported the violation, Goodman says he will not pursue further action -- although his office is recommending an education course for board members. Goodman says most Open Meetings Act violations are technical or minor in nature.

Superintendent discussion highlights Monday's meeting
Written by AJ Dome

The personal qualities for a new superintendent were the big topic of discussion during the USD 251 North Lyon County school board meeting Monday night. Board members viewed a presentation from Dr. Brian Jordan, the director of Leadership Services for the Kansas Association of School Boards.

Jordan, along with board president Matt Horton, toured area schools earlier Monday, and met with people in the schools and the community in general, to get their feedback on what kind of person they would like to see leading the district.

The recurring theme among all the people Jordan surveyed was that the next superintendent needed to be a good communicator. Horton explains:

The KASB will be accepting applications until January 6th, keeping those qualities in mind. After that, the school board will begin the interview process.

The board voted 4-3 not to renew current superintendent Mike Nulton's contract in January.

Board members also tabled further discussion on the district Facilities Committee's recommendation to consolidate the current school buildings into a single K-12 facility. The committee recommends a single building instead of thorough renovations to the current schools largely because of the expected annual savings -- over $900,000 versus around $115,000 -- despite the estimated initial costs being some $7 million for a single school.

Additional discussion won't happen until the superintendent search is over.

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