USD 251 North Lyon County's superintendent has already sat in the chair briefly. Now Aron Dody has the position full-time.
North Lyon County school board members voted 6-0 Wednesday to promote Dody, who has been with the district since 2009. Dody says his experience as a teacher in Emporia, his current roles as principal at Americus Elementary and North Lyon County Junior High and his three-month stint as interim superintendent late in Steve Mollach's tenure will give him a solid footing for the job.
Fifteen candidates applied, with Dody, USD 479 Crest Superintendent Jerry Turner and USD 105 Western Plains Superintendent Roger Stumpf being interviewed. North Lyon County board chair Matt Horton says Dody is the right person to lead the district forward.
Dody's contract runs through June 2016. He replaces Mike Nulton, whose contract was not renewed a year ago. The board also formally suspended Nulton right before hiring Dody, who begins his new duties immediately instead of July 1 as first planned. Horton didn't give specifics, but he said the move to suspend Nulton was simply a matter of moving forward and not the result of any negative action. Nulton has not been available for comment.
Dody will still serve as principal at the two schools in Americus through the end of this year. The board will then seek a replacement.
Dody also comes on board at a time when the school district is giving serious consideration to whether it will keep its current facilities operating or perhaps consolidate all its education at a single K-12 building, which is what the district's Facilities Committee recommends. Current estimates have a new building costing $30 million with nearly $1 million in annual savings, largely through personnel costs. Refurbishing current buildings at Americus, Northern Heights and Reading could cost $23 million but yield around $120,000 in annual savings. Horton says the board wants to wait a year to let Dody get acclimated to his new duties before pushing towards a decision.
Dody will join KVOE live during the 8:05 am newscast Thursday on 14 KVOE and KVOE.com.