School district honors classified employees
Dennis “Denny” Bruns, who ended a 30-year career Friday as district-wide maintenance person for Douglas County School District, was honored as the 1996-97 classified employee of the year.
He began his career in 1967 as a custodian at the old Minden Elementary School which is now the district office. He was involved in virtually every major building project undertaken by the district, said Sandy King, personnel administrator for Classified Employees Services.
Recent projects include remodeling of the district office and Kingsbury Middle School computer lab, conversion of the auto shop into a classroom at George Whittell HIgh School, setting up modular classrooms throughout the district, installing handicap ramps and building cabinets, storage units and shelving.
“Denny is very active in the community,” King said. “He can be seen helping senior citizens with repairs or lawn work or driving a mail truck. His work ethic, craftsmanship, honesty, and humor have made him a well-respected employee who will be sorely missed by all district employees.”
Bruns was born in Reno and has lived in Carson Valley his entire life. He attended Minden Elementary and graduated from Douglas High School where he played basketball. He and his wife JoAnn will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in August. They have two daughters, Tammy and Jennifer, and two granddaughters.
Now that he’s retired, Bruns plans to devote more time to his lawn mowing and yard maintenance service.
Eight other classified employees were nominated for the honor. They include Gary Alvis, groundsperson at the Lake schools, eight years with the district; Janice Fordham, secretary at Carson Valley Middle School, 10 years with DCSD; Dale Geyer, head secretary at Zephyr Cove Elementary School, 20 years; Sherree Hames, secretary at C.C. Meneley Elementary, nine years; Bev Hollander, secretary at Pau-Wa-Lu Elementary School, 14 years; Linda Monohan, secretary at Gardnerville Elementary School, 15 years; Carol Van Sickle, secretary at Scarselli Elementary, five years; Judy Waite, playground aide at Minden Elementary, 14 years.