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USD 251 board notes qualities wanted in superintendent

The North Lyon County School Board outlined the qualifications it wants in a new superintendent during a special meeting Wednesday night.

Board members listened to Brian Jordan, the Kansas Association of School Boards Director of Leadership Services, discuss the search parameters with the district deciding back in January not to renew current superintendent Mike Nulton's contract. Foremost on the list of qualifications, according to board president Matt Horton, was leadership.

Board members said communication with faculty, staff and community members, community involvement, a "take-charge" attitude and strong financial sense are all qualities they want in a new superintendent.

Horton has said the board's decision not to renew Nulton's contract was a personnel matter, and the search for Nulton's replacement will be statewide. The position will officially be posted Monday, with Jordan leading a screening committee through the process. Jordan's group will meet with focus groups Nov. 25, shooting for a Jan. 6 deadline to end the application process and interviews possibly later that month.

Dovetailing with the superintendent search is the district's ongoing discussion on whether to renovate current schools or, perhaps, go to a single K-through-12 building.

The district's Facilities Committee will make its recommendation on that topic next Wednesday.

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