Discussion of USD 251 facility plans hard to initiate at board meeting

Discussion was hard to come by during the USD 251 North Lyon County School Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 11. Board members reviewed the recommendation from the district's Facilities Committee, in regards to either consolidating currents schools into a new K-through-12 school building, or remodeling current facilities.

Board president Matt Horton said the board "needed to all be on the same page," and that the uncertainty of the location was keeping the board from "going out on a limb."

It would cost around $30 million for a new building housing students from Americus, Allen and Reading, as opposed to $23 million to renovate current facilities. Annual savings are estimated to be nearly $1 million with a new building, but only $115,000 with a remodel.

Horton said the board will visit with superintendent Mike Nulton and do more research before making a decision. Horton continued to say that he'd like to see more community involvement, and have open discussions with board members. Horton and the rest of the board agreed that they needed to "move ahead" on the issue. More discussion will happen--and a decision more likely to be reached--at the next board meeting on Nov. 25.

In other business, the board opened bus bids, and Nulton will review those. Bus bids are valid for 30 days, and the issue was tabled until the next meeting. The board also approved the appointment of a new clerk, and moved to get back on task with the superintendent search.

More information on these issues will be available at the next board meeting on Nov. 25, at 7pm at the board office in Americus.

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