Kearney Public School Hires New Transportation Director | Local News

KEARNEY — Kearney Public Schools has hired Jason Sutton as its new transportation director effective July 1.

Sutton will replace Becky Reier, who retires Sept. 1.

“I’m thrilled to take on this challenge,” Sutton said. “Our transportation department operates at a high level, and I am humbled by the opportunity to serve KPS students and families in this new role. For many students, the school day begins and ends on a school bus, and I look forward to helping us provide safe, reliable and efficient service.

Reier has held several positions in the transportation department starting as a paraprofessional on a school bus 28 years ago. She became a bus driver and was a full-time assistant mechanic for four years before becoming its director in 2012.

Sutton has been with the district since 2015. He first served as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. For the past five years, he has served as Vice Principal of Sunrise Middle School.

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“Dr. Sutton is an extremely organized person who can juggle multiple tasks,” said Jason Mundorf, KPS associate superintendent who was recently named superintendent for the upcoming school year. “Dr. Sutton has experience managing student behavior and has a strong desire to keep our students safe when coming and going to school and during school activities. I am confident that Dr. Sutton will continue the fantastic leadership we experienced in our transportation department with Ms. Reier, and I look forward to him leading our high quality transportation team. »

Sutton received her doctorate in educational administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He received his Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with honors in Mathematics and Physical Education.

Prior to KPS, Sutton was vice principal at Omaha South High Magnet School and served at Norris Middle School in Omaha as vice principal, dean of students, and middle school math teacher.

KPS has 37 transport vehicles, which include buses and smaller vehicles, six full-time and 26 part-time drivers and paraprofessionals.

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