Mason County superintendent retires after audit

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MAYSVILLE, Ky. - The superintendent of a Northern Kentucky school district has retired in the wake of a state audit that questioned spending.

The review last week of Mason County schools found nearly $200,000 in expenses during the past four years that the review said seemed excessive, lacked oversight or documentation or had no clear business purpose. Among the items detailed in the report are meals at upscale steakhouses by board members and administrators and expensive hotel stays.

The Ledger Independent reports (http://bit.ly/TTaeBD) that school board members met Monday night and said there would be no reason to discuss the future of Superintendent Tim Moore because he had retired "effective immediately" earlier in the day.

Board member Kevin Carpenter read the letter to an overflow crowd who attended the special meeting.

"I do so knowing that I am ending my career amidst disappointment and regret. It is my desire that the district move forward and continue the challenging, but rewarding work of helping our students be college and career ready...there was only one goal and that was finding ways to make the school district one of the best in the nation...Please accept my retirement with humility and sincerity with which it is written," the letter read.

Board members accepted it unanimously.

Several residents who attended the meeting shouted that Moore should have to resign.

Although the meeting was adjourned, three board members stayed to answer questions from the crowd, saying that they had no control over whether Moore kept his retirement and that an interim superintendent would be named while a permanent one is sought.
 

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