Mason superintendent retires after audit

MAYSVILLE — 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 almost $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 described in the report are meals at upscale steakhouses by board members and administrators and expensive hotel stays.

The Ledger Independent reported that the school board met Monday night and said there would be no reason to discuss the future of Superintendent Tim Moore because he had retired "effective immediately" in a letter earlier in the day.

"I do so knowing that I am ending my career amidst disappointment and regret," the letter said. "It is my desire that the district move forward and continue the challenging, but rewarding work of helping our students ... Please accept my retirement with humility and sincerity with which it is written."

Board members accepted it unanimously.

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

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